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    It`s kind of cold this morning (all the windshields in the parking lot were iced over- good thing I don`t have to scrape one), but clear and sunny with no wind . Looks like more wishy-washy "chance of ..." from this afternoon through the weekend, then sunny icons for the rest of the long tem forcast. Sure hope that pans out as predicted.

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    Awesome commute here this morning. Low 50's, sunny, no wind and the mountain (Mt. Ranier) was out as I rode down the valley this morning. Supposed to be sunny and mid to upper 60's for the ride home tonite. Whoot!

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    Rode the xtracycle today since I plan on hitting the farmers market on the way home. About a mile in this morning I hit a clump of clay mud and it wedged up between the rear fender and tire, stopping the bike completely. I looked down under the xtracycle deck to see a crinkled fender and smelled the burnt rubber. Doh! I pulled the fender straight to I could keep going, but it ripped the stays right out of the fender. Looks like I'll be buying a rivet gun today. At least I was planning on taking most of the bike apart this weekend anyways to change gear cables. Happy Friday!
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    So the streak of great weather is finally at an end - rainy today and 5C? I was actually pretty chilly on the ride home.

    Also had my chain break at the quicklink. One half of it stayed with the chain, but I couldn't find the other one so I don't know what happened to it. Did it actually break, or did it just come unlocked somehow? Weird.

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    I came home a little early so's I could ride before getting my daughter from day care. Remembered my buddy wanted to mtb tomorrow and I needed a new chain, so I hit the LBS for a chain and some tubes for my commuter. Get home, replace the chain, take a spin .... chainring is all worn and makes a horrible clacking noise when under load.

    No mtb tomorrow. Going to rain all day so my originally planned road ride was also cancelled. Baby sitter called off. Gonna sit around the house with the baby and watch the sky open up I guess. Mid-day beers and video games during nap time
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    Good commute. Still seaching for the right tire pressure in the 38 mm tires. This run 45 front 50 rear. Had to bump through a 2" pavement cut awaiting repaving. Not snakebit, and I can see a bit of sidewall bow out at the foot print, so I think this is good with partial load.

    No crash and burn after the ride so the adrenal/thyroid issue is under control, maybe not optimal, but good. In fact I didn't realize how bad it was until it wasn't. Now to push the mileage back up. Beautiful day, high 70's, it was good to be riding again. It is good to be doing anything again.

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    Well Today was A Pretty Good Day.

    This Morning I stop for Donuts Since it was National Donut Day

    Donut Day 2011 by normbilt, on Flickr

    Then Veteran Mountain Bike Pro Stop in the Shop This Morning
    on the Left Ruthie Matthes and on the right Me

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    Then Saw a Great Sunset on the way Home

    Ride Home on Donut Day 2011 by normbilt, on Flickr

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    Cool! Ruthie looks great. I've have been MTB'g about as long as her, only a lot slower.

    Dang those donuts look good too.

    Bri, good to see you back in the saddle, hope things continue to roll.

    Bacho, I can relate, nice here and was hoping to do a quick mow & ride before rain tomorrow, but my old John Deere wouldn't start last night so I'll be working on that today.

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    Doughnut day? I missed it! They sure look tasty, though.

    Cool and overcast today. I was hoping to spend this morning on a road loop to the north that runs roughly 60 miles, but don`t want to get caught in the rain (I hate getting wet). Think I`ll wait and see how it looks at 7:00- hopefully those clouds` intentions will be a little more obvious.

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    My Commute today was quite intence was cruzin my normal path up this hill near a golf course and my chain fell off and i broke a spoke. But i was all good after this got the chain back on hit some pretty decent trail along the way not muddy but much sticker than when it is dry was able to fly threw them trails got to go over a few water crossing passed by the river all with excellent views was pretty darn good.

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    Got up in time to commute buuuut someone was lazy and a bit tired so I drove to work.

    Thunderstorm predicted this afternoon for when I would be biking home anyway .....

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    Rode to the city library in the nice and warm weather. Probably a bit over 10 mile round trip. Got a flat in the rear Bontrager Hank a bit before reaching home. The puncture looked like it was probably from the remains of winter's rock shrapnell... Lower pressures might help.

    Planning to do an evening ride on some of the nearby trails.

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    For some reason a couple cars honked today. Both were going in the opposite direction over a bridge. I couldn't figure out why.

    It's going to be another hot week. Our Spring was fairly cool and rainy. Now we're dry and experiencing late summer weather. Today won't be too bad (92F), but we'll be climbing into the upper 90's for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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    Another nice day, a lot less traffic now that school is out. Looking forward to making the most of the weather and going on the LBS family group ride tonight. I'll meet my wife and kids at the shop, bolt on the IBert and strap in my 20mo old. We'll do a 4-5 mile loop, then go back to the shop for free gelato! Then I'll ride home solo whle my wife and kids take the car. Should be a good 20 mile day for me and my xtracycle.
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    We're doing the commuter challenge at work this week: http://www.commuterchallenge.ca. Not particularly interesting, but if you track your miles of alternative transport then you're entered to win some prizes (top prize is a bus pass. What would I do with that? )

    Great weather this morning, and probably all week. And this week I get to look forward to bike-powered smoothies on the way home on wednesday, and a bike breakfast on friday morning.

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    Holy Monday, batman.

    Heading out from the house I start getting some chain skip on only one cog. I just put on a new chain; is it possible that ONLY one cog on the cassette would wear? Not the chain rings or any other cog. Or could I have a bent hanger or something? I had to use the next cog down. Bonus: got here faster.

    Entering the bike trail I hear a loud "ping!" and feel something weird from the back wheel. I stop, check for a broken spoke. Nothing. Start riding again and I notice I'm going 0.0 mph. Ah, the noise I heard was the magnet for my speed sensor pulling the eject handle.

    Then I get to work, take my panniers off and notice that they sure do feel light today. I later determined they were approximately 5 lbs, or the weight of one Dell laptop, lighter.

    That's three things so I think my fun is over for the day. I hope.
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    It was a real torrent this weekend, by desert standards. If any of you from places that get real rain happen to see exactly how much fell here (I didn`t hear how many inches or what fraction of an inch), please don`t laugh . I did manage a five hour ride Sat morning without any drops landing on me. Pissed off a hopped up hick driving a hopped up pickup at one point- he laid on his horn and yelled something, I smiled and waved (with all fingers), then he jammed on the brakes and stopped in the right lane of the highway while looking back at me over his shoulder. Thought he was going to come back and kick my butt for me, but he put it back in gear and drove off instead.

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    Nacho, not the laptop again!
    Don`t see how a bent hanger would affect one sprocket and not all of them, but I suppose it could be possible. Have you taken a good look at te cassette to make sure there isn`t a pebble or something stuck between two gears? Sure your derailler is swinging freely and actually holding the chain where it`s supposed to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Nacho, not the laptop again!
    I know At least last time I hadn't actually forgotten it, I just forgot I brought it. Brain fart I swear; I'm not actually insane. My wife brought me the laptop and even delivered it with a Starbuck's coffee. What did I learn? Leave the laptop home and you get coffee and a smiling wife SCORE.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Don`t see how a bent hanger would affect one sprocket and not all of them, but I suppose it could be possible. Have you taken a good look at te cassette to make sure there isn`t a pebble or something stuck between two gears? Sure your derailler is swinging freely and actually holding the chain where it`s supposed to be?
    I went down and checked out the cassette. I remembered this frame doesn't have a replaceable hanger; it's a Reynold's 520 frame and it's all one piece. It's pretty stout so I guess if I ever actually do bend the hanger I probably have bigger issues to worry about. Nothing is in the cassette, the chain isn't binding or anything. I called my friend who is an ultra bad ass bike mechanic (he's the head honcho at the LBS) and he said it sounds like wear.

    Luckily I have two fresh 8 speed cassettes at home. I need to check the gearing but I think I'm going to plunder my wife's mountain bike for the fancy, light weight SRAM cassette I installed a couple years ago that has been ridden once
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    That one gear that is skipping probably means the cassette was worn to mesh perfectly with your old chain. New chain so the cassette doesn't like it. I always change my chain and cassette together now cause I used to get this problem by doing only the chain.

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    Today was great, but Friday's was terrible. I snapped my front brake cable while approaching a busy intersection. Did the Fred Flinstone two-footed stop and ended up in the first lane of traffic. Fortunately no cars were close, but that could've been my number. Lesson learned - maintain brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    Holy Monday, batman. ...

    Heading out from the house I start getting some chain skip on only one cog. I just put on a new chain; is it possible that ONLY one cog on the cassette would wear? Not the chain rings or any other cog... .
    I guess if it's your "favorite" that could happen.I was recently chagrined to find out I had only worn out the granny and center chainrings. While this saved me some $, it hurt my pride.

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    Had to return the work car today from fieldwork Friday, plus I'm dogsitting, so no bike commute. Snuck in a late lunch trailride though on "Rastaman", it's a really ancient feeling trail, something about the trees, the ledge, the line make it really special. Stopped at the store on the way back to work and the cashier said "I would love to ride to work but I'm scared of the uphill on the way home". I told her that is my commute exactly and that she should try it and see how far she can get before walking, then in a couple days see if she can get a littler farther, and before she knows it she'll be riding the whole way. I hope she tries it.

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    Crazy chain of events

    Commute home today: decided to hop up a curb... of course, pinch flat two minutes later. Ok. Pull over in the shade. Pull the wheel off the SS and replace the inner tube. Go to pump it up... my pump is broken! What to do?

    I start to walk and luckily I happen across someone with a pump. Pump, pump pump... Excited... Back in business... But wait! The pieces of my chain tensioners fell off somewhere on the walk. Slow walk back to finally find the pieces.

    Try to fit the pieces back together - but missing an essential cotter pin. Decide to ride on with a slack chain... Get to garage (I park my bike in a garage and take a train part of the way.)

    ...left my lock in the grass when I changed the tube.

    Ride all the way back and recover the lock.

    Sheesh. What a day!

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    So I finally had a dog-walker go off on me today.

    We have a lot of off-leash parks in town. And because of the way people are, a lot of that off-leashedness bleeds well into the on-leash areas. I don't think there's a single trail where I haven't seen free-range dogs at one point or another. But whatever, I'm careful, I like pooches, and if you leave me alone I won't complain that you're breaking the rules.

    So today riding through the ON-leash area that's directly next to an off-leash park is a woman walking her two leashless dogs. One of her dogs is pretty much blocking the left side of the trail, so I ride up slowly behind them, and give her a friendly "I'm just going to squeeze by on your left" or something like that. So she says "You know bikes aren't allowed here. " So I say "Uhm, actually they are. You know the off-leash area ended back at the bridge? So you're actually the one who's breaking the rules." "You cyclists are the stupidest @#$# people." "Yeah, so are dog owners."

    And then the insults start. Just constant swearing and getting in my face. After getting called #$%^tard 20+ times in a row I finally joined in.

    While we're arguing a half-a-dozen other cyclists go by on this same trail. Two of them stop to hear our rantings, and agree that of course bikes are allowed on this trail. But yes there are two other trails 100' away where bikes aren't allowed, and we all know not to ride there because those trails are in the off-leash area and are clearly signed as no-bikes.

    But oh no, the map of the area (this map) says "Bikes must stick to improved granulated trails". I tell her that this trail is an "improved granulated trail" and that she should read the city bylaws. But oh no, the sign also says "Please Follow the LOCAL RULES!" and that means that bylaws don't apply. I again point out that we're not even in the off-leash area - it is over there and we are over here. But oh no, because "Follow the LOCAL RULES!" means you can make whatever you want up. I finally finished off with "I'm glad you get so pissed off at people when you have no idea what you're talking about" and rode off.

    It was like arguing with someone on the internet - you're both 100% convinced that you're right and nothing will ever change that, so you just have to enjoy it. (although I do actually know that I'm correct )
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    @ Xplorer: I think we need photographic evidence of just how ancient Rastaman is.

    After having a pump fail on me once while trying to fix a flat on my way to work, I vowed to do periodic checks on all my "carry" pumps. That was at least a year ago and I still haven`t done any of those checks!

    Newf, sometimes I enjoy encounters like that. I guess it depends on my mood whether it`s fun or whether it just irks the crap out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I guess if it's your "favorite" that could happen.I was recently chagrined to find out I had only worn out the granny and center chainrings. While this saved me some $, it hurt my pride.
    It's going to work out - I checked and the nice SRAM cassette I bought for my wife a couple of years ago isn't on her bike. I wish I could remember why I took it off. It was hardly ever used and I don't remember there being a problem with it . Well, having it already in the tool box is either going to save me work and the cassette will work out great, or I'll test ride around the neighborhood and find out why I yanked it. If it does work out though, I get a considerably lighter 11-28 cassette to replace my 13-28. I'm kind of excited
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    The ride home was good. We had a head wind so that made pushing the bigger gear a little hard, but I think I'll be better for it on Wednesday. No ride tomorrow as I have appt's in both the morning and evening on opposite sides of town.

    One interesting thing from the ride home - I was just pushing along, 18-ish mph, when I caught up to a guy on a steel framed road bike. I passed him on the left, and after the next corner he goes blasting by me and takes off. "OK" I think. So then, a couple miles later, I notice I'm catching him again; my speed is still the same. Again, I pass him on the left, and then within about 5-10 seconds he jumps up and takes off again.

    I'm not sure what his deal was. Maybe he's doing intervals or something but the timing of his decision to be Captain Nitro immediately after I passed was suspect. I don't know if he thought I'd race him or something, with my two panniers loaded down with stuff ODd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    It's going to work out - I checked and the nice SRAM cassette I bought for my wife a couple of years ago isn't on her bike. I wish I could remember why I took it off. It was hardly ever used and I don't remember there being a problem with it . Well, having it already in the tool box is either going to save me work and the cassette will work out great, or I'll test ride around the neighborhood and find out why I yanked it. If it does work out though, I get a considerably lighter 11-28 cassette to replace my 13-28. I'm kind of excited
    I remember now why I pulled that cassette - the one she has currently is an 11-34 and I was trying to give her a bigger granny to get started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Newf, sometimes I enjoy encounters like that. I guess it depends on my mood whether it`s fun or whether it just irks the crap out of me.
    The bike co-op in town specifically warns riders about this area, and that we are allowed in there regardless of what dogwalkers might think. So I knew all about it, and arguing with a loud-mouth was definitely fun.

    But I've been through there hundreds of times, and have never had a problem with anyone before. This person was so aggressive (at least once I got my retaliatory dig in ), that I kindof wonder how many of the problems that the co-op has heard about are from this one misinformed vigilante? And I certainly didn't help matters...but I'm pretty sure she's already made up her mind about cyclists.

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    Not sure what is going on in the south west of the UK.... Wind Gods favouring my morning route to work!! Friday knocked a minute of my best time, Yesterday beat that time by another minute and, today snapped another 20 seconds of that!! : It's taken me 18 months to beat my old time and smashed my 2:20 in 3 days

    So all in all an amazing cycle in and no cycle rage
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So I finally had a dog-walker go off on me today.

    We have a lot of off-leash parks in town. And because of the way people are, a lot of that off-leashedness bleeds well into the on-leash areas. I don't think there's a single trail where I haven't seen free-range dogs at one point or another. But whatever, I'm careful, I like pooches, and if you leave me alone I won't complain that you're breaking the rules.

    So today riding through the ON-leash area that's directly next to an off-leash park is a woman walking her two leashless dogs. One of her dogs is pretty much blocking the left side of the trail, so I ride up slowly behind them, and give her a friendly "I'm just going to squeeze by on your left" or something like that. So she says "You know bikes aren't allowed here. " So I say "Uhm, actually they are. You know the off-leash area ended back at the bridge? So you're actually the one who's breaking the rules." "You cyclists are the stupidest @#$# people." "Yeah, so are dog owners."

    And then the insults start. Just constant swearing and getting in my face. After getting called #$%^tard 20+ times in a row I finally joined in.

    While we're arguing a half-a-dozen other cyclists go by on this same trail. Two of them stop to hear our rantings, and agree that of course bikes are allowed on this trail. But yes there are two other trails 100' away where bikes aren't allowed, and we all know not to ride there because those trails are in the off-leash area and are clearly signed as no-bikes.

    But oh no, the map of the area (this map) says "Bikes must stick to improved granulated trails". I tell her that this trail is an "improved granulated trail" and that she should read the city bylaws. But oh no, the sign also says "Please Follow the LOCAL RULES!" and that means that bylaws don't apply. I again point out that we're not even in the off-leash area - it is over there and we are over here. But oh no, because "Follow the LOCAL RULES!" means you can make whatever you want up. I finally finished off with "I'm glad you get so pissed off at people when you have no idea what you're talking about" and rode off.

    It was like arguing with someone on the internet - you're both 100% convinced that you're right and nothing will ever change that, so you just have to enjoy it. (although I do actually know that I'm correct )
    Better off to just blow by...safely of course...

    There is a rule that dogs must be under control....whether off leash or on leash...and a barking dog chasing a bike is not under control...

    If it really pisses you off...encourage the dog to follow you and take it a kilc or so away from the owner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I was recently chagrined to find out I had only worn out the granny and center chainrings..., it hurt my pride.
    Shouldn't. I was once told that unless you are a full-out racer, the large chainwheel is for nice downhills especially when the wind is behind. Not many of those downhills here and rarely met with the wind at my back. I realized that the 53-42-30 rarely strayed into the top one (only 2 unique ratios) and the 30 ran into hills where Scotty said "I kinna doit! No more power Cap'n!" Now a 48-36-26. Stilll no warp speed, though. Rarely use the Granny on the road here except for the Hilly Hundred. It is nice to know I have 5 lower ratios when Scotty starts complaining in the 36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So she says "You know bikes aren't allowed here?"
    When you know for absolutely certain she is wrong:

    "Really? When was THAT changed?"

    Somehow when people mess up like this they go on the offensive if you point out that the are in error. Then they mess up even more.

    If you play the "You don't say? Can I see your map? Oh look here it says bikes ARE allowed, Easy mistake to meke whne the trails over there are not." She may not eeven know that she wasn't on the trail that she thought she was on. Easy to do if she was on the cell phone at a Y and took the wrong one.

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    Damn near 90 again today, hottest I've been since I moved from AZ last september. Of course with those temps are chances for thunderstorms for my ride home. looking forward to geeting some wrenching time in this evening, as the Pugsley needs a tune up. Radio, garage, beer, good times.
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    Another pretty morning, warm and and hardly any wind. After a few very wet days, we had a one of those beautiful mixed (mixte?) skies with some blue, some gray clouds, and some little whispy white ones, puddles still hanging around, sideways sunlight, smell of damp sage brush....
    Love it!


    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    She may not even know that she wasn't on the trail that she thought she was on. Easy to do if she was on the cell phone at a Y and took the wrong one.
    Or maybe she was busy studying her GPS at that Y

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    When you know for absolutely certain she is wrong...
    I started out civil, "The off-leash area is actually over there, ha ha." And after that I was more than happy to ride off, like Jeff said. But she insisted that we had to go look at the map, and that if I didn't, then that meant I was lying @#$%tard cyclist blah blah blah. Since I know exactly what the map shows, I thought I'd humour her. But she also knows exactly what she thinks the map shows so it didn't make a difference. She also knows exactly where the map is, so I do wonder if maybe this was a practiced rant?

    Thinking about it a bit more (l'esprit d'escalier and all that), if I see her or anyone who is similarly hostile again, the approach will simply be:

    "Tell you what. I'm going to send a complaint to the Parks Branch about someone who is harassing cyclists on the multi-use trails on the north side of the bridge. And you should send in a complaint about all the evil cyclists who are breaking the "rules" in the "dog-park" on the north side of the bridge. And then we'll know who's wrong."

    Because there was no way she was going to listen to some @#$% on a bike. The only way to "win" would be to trick her into going to the authorities, and having them tell her that she's wrong.

    I do feel kindof bad, because I probably riled her up, and now she might take it out on others? I had to tell her to stop touching me and to back off several times, so I can imagine that a non-stubborn cyclist would have been pretty upset by the encounter. (and of course might think the loud, crazy person was correct)

    Other than that, rainy morning today and probably on the way home. It's sure is nice to have a singlespeed in the stable for the mucky rides.

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    W@H today so no commute but I did get my iPhone warrantied so that was good stuffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Some suggestions. There will be others (anybody?) for dealing with difficult people:
    1. "I agree with you 100% that you are wrong." (screws them up for a bit till they sort out the logic)

    2. "Jesus loves you and so do I" (if said sincerely will put all but the ruddest off)

    3. "Have you ever thought about selling Amway products?" (the change in topic throws them off)

    4. "I'm not feeling well and I think I might throw up" (said while bending over and holding your stomach, especially effective if you look like you might barf on them or their dog)

    The best way to deal with difficult people, IMHO, is just to get on your bike and ride away.

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    Found a strange dust covered object in my bike room last night. Cleaned it up and rode the road bike to work today. Forgot how much easier it is to pedal but pre-dawn cracked roads with alot of debris reminded me why I ride the mountain bike instead.

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    Brrr. 51 degrees and a 25mph headwind. Considering yesterday was 93, it was quite a difference. Another nod to Fargo's title of being the toughest weather city in America! The weather forecast looks good for this weekend though, hoping to get out on some long rides.
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    It was about 70 degrees this morning. Tonight is going to be tough when it is 90+ out and even worse tomorrow when it is going to get up to 100

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    Flat tire on the singlespeed this morning. Just further proof that having several bikes is good.

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    Our recent storm spree looks to be finished up. I think we`re going to hyperwarp straight into summer over the course of the next couple weeks. Rode in today with shorts and no long johns for the first time this year, might very well be able to ditch the gloves and jacket next week. Trying to get all my pending yard work knocked out a little at a time throughout the week to save weekends for playing- looks like a bike camping trip Friday and Saturday

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I started out civil, But she also knows exactly what she thinks the map shows so it didn't make a difference. I do feel kindof bad, ... I had to tell her to stop touching me and to back off several times. .
    Sounds like a "You had to be there." situation.

    Keeping your head while others around you lose theirs.
    Treating others as you wish to be treated.

    These are very difficult when we feel the verbal assault is unwarranted and our anger is just beneath the surface. So it is easier to have a few tricks up our sleeves 'just in case'. It is very hard to think on your feet when accosted and doing nothing wrong. And yes, I don't remember them all the time. I'm a work in progress, too. Trying to act as if you had your 5 year old child watching you helps.

    Some suggestions. There will be others (anybody?) for dealing with difficult people:

    1. "Your opinion is noted and logged." Captatin Kirk impersonation optional.

    2. "You have my permission to file a formal complaint, child. May God bless you." A priest in casual clothes?

    2a. "God bless you." is a great antidote to the acronym for 'Freedom University'.

    3. "Let's agree to disagree." Requires rationality so is a test of rationality. The "God Bless You" response to non-acceptance leaves silence as the only decent retort. Anything else is unworthy of your heed.

    4. "Wait. Let me get this all on video." When walking away is not an option and calling 911 is starting to look like one. Maybe the hand gesture rectangle for a screen view to help them think and get out of the primitive anger mode?

    5. "Ride like the other way. Fast" Bike is to car as scissors are to rock. Fight is not an option.

    The best part is that trying to think which is best keeps you in the frontal lobe and out or the primitive part of the brain that seeks fight or flight. The cell phone is the hardest for me to remember. I don't run my life with one. I try to make sure it is charged before every ride, and in an accessible spot though, just in case.

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    ^ the phone/camera thing is a tricky one. There have been lots of occasions where I wished that mine was more accessible. It's in the top pocket of my pannier where it gets a nice GPS signal, but it still takes me probably takes 10 seconds to get to it. And that's fine for "look at the pretty sunset" but less so for anything traffic related, or "back off or I'm calling the cops." Carrying it in a pocket would make it more accessible, but also more crunchable. I figure a gopro is in my future at some point, but not just yet.

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    My Cell is in the top front pocket of the ANSI Vest. Two seconds for me.

    Suggestion: how about a dummy camera/phone close to hand? Could be an old camera body. Goal is to get them to cool it. Use it to buy time to get the real one ("Dang out of power! OK backup!) or switch to #5.

    I have a Drift Stealth HD with date time stamp. Overtaxes my PC video processing, Macbook is in repair. Have video after tornado, but can't process. Very Short clips OK. Working on that. It can get plates, so I expect it will be a permanent resident on my bars. Just have to remember to activate it when needed.

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    You guys are WAY up on me when it comes to phone access. Mine (the newer one) doesn`t leave the kitchen unless I unplug it. To remove the phone from my living room (the old phone) requires either a screwdriver or wire snips. Well, I guess it COULD be done with a good yank, but since neither of them take snapshots or videos, or do anything other than make phone calls, that wouldn`t help much anyway.

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    ^ I was a happy cellphone hold-out until 2010, but I eventually got one because of riding. I don't even ride anywhere wild or dangerous, but with sketchy winter commutes and the occasional near-breakdown an hour+ from home it started to seem like a good idea. (they're honestly barely even phones, anymore. I get maybe one call a month on mine, and the rest of the time it's a calendar, music, gps, camera, web, whatever.)

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    You guys are gonna laugh but....

    Since I ride the MUT to work, I don't have cars and such to worry about clobbering me, so I listen to podcasts for the ride. I do so on my iPhone, and the headset I use is the one that comes with the phone, and has a mic, a remote control for volume, play, stop, etc. So, since I'm plugged in, if I get a call, it pauses my podcast, rings in my ear and I can answer. I have a specific ringer set for my wife, one for calls from work, etc, so I know whether or not I want to/should answer
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    Today's commute was good, uneventful, that's good, right? Yesterday not so much, it was only commute #3 by bike in my life, I still always feel like I forgot something. Yesterday I did, I forgot a belt and my glasses...I couldn't tuck in my shirt at work, no big deal, they're pretty lax about dress code, and I had a headache by the end of the day from squinting and being close to my computer. Also, when I went to leave, I had a flat tire, I had ridden 16 miles the night before and it wasn't flat when I finished the ride. Not a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Today's commute was good, uneventful, that's good, right? Yesterday not so much, it was only commute #3 by bike in my life, I still always feel like I forgot something. Yesterday I did, I forgot a belt and my glasses...I couldn't tuck in my shirt at work, no big deal, they're pretty lax about dress code, and I had a headache by the end of the day from squinting and being close to my computer. Also, when I went to leave, I had a flat tire, I had ridden 16 miles the night before and it wasn't flat when I finished the ride. Not a good day.
    I'm slowly working my way through forgetting everything.

    So far I'm at:

    underwear
    belt
    wallet (realized this quickly though and rode back home to grab it)
    laptop

    I never forget the same thing twice..
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    Took a bit longer route (just 18 miles) on the way home yesterday. A very small lunch combined with a hot day got me a bit dizzy for a bit. Slowed down and felt better. Ate like a pig when I got home tho. Todays commute felt fine surprisingly.

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    The ride home last night was good. The warm weather is bringing more people out, which clogs up the MUT a little bit. I also left later than normal, which could have contributed.

    This morning kind of sucked. My legs didn't want to work from the get-go. I was slower by a few minutes across town, and it wasn't for lack of trying. I hope the ride home is better.
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    It`s hotter than hell. Somebody flipped a switch and summer began about 11 AM yesterday.
    Maybe I`ll go clog up Nacho`s MUT with wife and tandem Sunday. Not that it`ll be any cooler down there

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    I don't know what it is about people wanting to turn into me. This morning as I was nearing my work, a red car was turning left from a parking lot. She stopped, then started turning just as I was coming through. I skidded my tires to avoid slamming into the side of her car. I know she saw me, but she pretended not to. I don't get it. To make it even more awkward, she works on the same street as I do, so I had to follow her all the way to my office.

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    ^ it's definitely not just you. It happens to me all the time, even with my snazzy new hi-vis vest, and particularly at one specific intersection. People are dumb. I try to avoid them.

    6 new bikes in the parkade today (normally it's just me and another guy, and maybe one more). This week is Commuter Challenge, but today was the first day that the forecast didn't call for rain, so it brought out all the fair-weather cyclists.

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    Oh one thing I forgot from yesterday, which I'm a little excited about ..

    While waiting at a stop light another commuter caught up, but of course he hit right as it went green and I ended up behind him after we made our left hand turn. He was an older guy on an older mountain bike and he was going pretty slow, so when it was safe I passed him and went on my way.

    So after I get on the MUT I'm jamming along and I approach a park on my left and who do I see coming up to the MUT? The same guy from earlier. Obviously he has some short cut that I am not employing, so I mapped it out and according to ridewithgps.com this new route will shave almost a mile off of the ride. I'm going to pedal it tonight on the way home and see if it's viable; it's along a busy-ish road but has a nice bike lane. We'll see if it ends up being worth while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I don't know what it is about people wanting to turn into me. This morning as I was nearing my work, a red car was turning left from a parking lot. She stopped, then started turning just as I was coming through. I skidded my tires to avoid slamming into the side of her car. I know she saw me, but she pretended not to. I don't get it. To make it even more awkward, she works on the same street as I do, so I had to follow her all the way to my office.
    Drivers who are oblivious to bikes are extremely dangerous.

    If someone doesn't see me and even starts to get in my way....

    I whistle loudly...

    If that doesn't get them, I will try to catch up to them (usually quite doable in traffic) and let them know for sure what they did when I catch them.

    If they get aggressive then so do I...if not then I don't....

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    Riding my mountain bike with slicks to work today, road bike is in the shop for some work. The first half of this week was in the 90s and raining so I didn't ride at all. Today I get cold and wind. Legs aren't feeling as wonderful today and I'm definitely not looking forward to the headwind the whole way home.
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    This morning was quite a delight, scattered clouds and a beautiful sunrise. This afternoon riding home I ended up redecorating a minivan's passenger door when I was cut off. No damage done to the steed or myself, wish I could say the same for the van.

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    ^^ Wow, did you bounce, or what?? Glad you are OK, hope you're not feeling too banged up tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolli310 View Post
    This morning was quite a delight, scattered clouds and a beautiful sunrise. This afternoon riding home I ended up redecorating a minivan's passenger door when I was cut off. No damage done to the steed or myself, wish I could say the same for the van.
    :\ Sorry, dude
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    Tonights ride was interesting. It was like "go as slow as you can just as nacho approaches and there is oncoming traffic rendering passing impossible until after he slows down to our 9 mph" night. Between that and the head wind, it was a long ride.

    I did try out that new route though, and it was pretty good. Chopped about a mile off the ride home, which rocks. I need to massage it a little to figure out the fastest way through the park on to the MUT but I think I'll keep using it!

    After I got home and cleaned up I headed over to get my baby from day care. I had forgotten it was 'meet your teacher' night, and my daughter is getting ready to graduate up to the toddler class so I hung out in there for a bit, asking questions and watching her play. I was treated also: when I walked in, still sweating a bit since I hadn't cooled off all the way from the ride yet, they had a table loaded with bowls of ice cream. After the ride and being hot, it was just what I needed
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    @ mtbxplorer: I guess I did bounce. I was up off the pavement before the woman got out of her van. Not too banged up this morning, slept like a baby last night.

    @ nachomc: Thanks. I'm just glad it wasn't much worse than what it was.

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    My legs are done for the week. No power at all on the way in. I hope they feel better on the way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Drivers who are oblivious to bikes are extremely dangerous.
    I think it's partly the drivers around here. They suck. I know this lady saw me. I was watching her and she looked right at me as she was stopping. Then she just went. It happens too much.

    The sun was shining this morning, but one the one cloud above me started to rain. I didn't mind though. It's been hot this whole week, so it felt refreshing.

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    @dolli: glad you're ok!

    @nacho: ice cream after a ride? Jealous!

    @toff: hope your friday afternoon legs are happy

    I was planning on riding in crappy weather so I rode the beater miyata today. Its not nearly as enjoyable as my crosscheck has been all week. The seatpost was slipping all the way to work, had to adjust it 3 times. Jogger on the MUP had her headphones in and was oblivious to my bell ringing, so I had to ride off course and blow past her, which pissed her off. Its payday Friday, my ride was supposed to be better than this! Hopefully the weatherman is wrong and the ride home is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Drivers who are oblivious to bikes are extremely dangerous.....
    Welcome to my world.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    If someone doesn't see me ...I whistle loudly...
    I use a parade ground level HEY! (Adenalin boost!) Works pretty well too. Faster than hitting the Airzound button which I am reaching for as I plan my out in case HEY! isn't enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    If that doesn't get them, I will try to catch up to them ...
    This is dangerous here some are packin' heat, but yes I have and they knew I was not happy with their concept of 'sharing the road'.

    Drivers can look right at you but not see you in terms ot trajectory, speed, collision course etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by dolli310 View Post
    ...This afternoon riding home I ended up redecorating a minivan's passenger door when I was cut off. No damage done to the steed or myself, wish I could say the same for the van.
    Sounds like you got some braking in or weren't flyin'. Sometimes just when you are sure they are yielding.....then there is often neither time nor space to do much other than minimize bodily injury. Any accident you walk from with mere bruises and more experience is a good one.

    Got a one way ride in this morning. One truck passed with mirror about 18" off my shoulder. I tend to get that in spandex, not the ANSI vest. So I'd guess he was clueless not trying to intimidate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toff View Post
    My legs are done for the week. No power at all on the way in. I hope they feel better on the way home.
    Same here. I started up towards the summit of my biggest climb: the 50ft overpass and my legs immediately went all noodley. Geared down, coasted over the top, a few stars were seen. I felt better as I got further in to the ride, and was holding 19 mph or so, but any challenge other than pushing on flat ground left me searching for a lower gear. After today I'll have 179 miles for the week though

    I can't ride next week so I'm looking forward to a little recovery time. I will probably get in a ride on Sunday the 19th and then I get to go to Tahoe and I'm riding around the lake. I can't wait
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    Free muffin and coffee for me this morning. So free treats for cyclists, bike co-op in the parking lot with tune-up stands, patio full of cyclists, and bikes parked everywhere - a nice little biketopia. (I still couldn't bring myself to leave my bike unlocked when I ran inside for the goodies, though.)

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    I'll be at 112 miles at the end of today, a good bit for me right now. I'll be showing a friend tomorrow the Anthills tho (you remember that trail Nacho?) as he has never really been offroad on his mountain bike. It should be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Thanks again for all the OT well wishes for Luna! I'm happy to report that she is out of the vet hospital and back home and eating and feeling pretty good. She even came by the office for pets from everyone, sorry I did not take her picture! Sadly the diagnosis is cancer, but one day at a time.

    Snow forecast today, hope I can squeek out the commute before too much accumulates.
    An OT update, my friend's dog Luna is doing amazingly well. She has been on a raw diet & looks great! Thanks for all the well-wishes from around the world. I love how her coat is camoflauge on the carpet at work:
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    Ahh mtb, the Luna update makes my heart happy. Glad she's doing better!

    My dog is named Luna too, and we're getting a foster doggie on Sunday named Lula. Its going to be confusing around my house!
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    Trying to get some whels laced for my recumbent last night and had to search all over the place for tools. Finally got them finished and was going to stretch the dropouts and install today, couldn`t find my roll of string, the cassette I was going to use, or any new brake pads (and I KNEW they were all somewhere around)- ended up cleaning out my shed first. Holy cow, where did all that crap come from !?! Filled my garbage can, hauled a load into town with cardboard for recycle and a bunch of tires and misc parts to donate to Reno Bike Project, gave away an old pressure washer via Craigslist and have somebody comming out this evening to haul off a bed frame. My shed looks nice now- time to start filling it up with new crap. Oh, finally did get my wheels mounted. Test ride after I eat lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    An OT update, my friend's dog Luna is doing amazingly well.
    Yay!

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    The Prickly Pear is in full bloom. The Yucca has started.







    Buster was adopted Easter Saturday. He is a 6 year old Manx, white with green eyes.





    He is a most dog-like cat. Showed him Luna. I think the response was "Hi" but it might have been "Its dinner time."

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    Fun ride tonight. Glad it's the weekend so I can take a break ...

    Did the new route again today. Considering dropping it. The entry is through a park with a bunch of speed bumps and a slow (for safety reasons) path to enter the MUT. Not sure it's worth lopping off a mile of the ride (which only saves maybe 3 and a half minutes at normal pace but is eroded due to slow speed, the bumps, etc.

    The rest of the ride was ... interesting. Got a call from my boss right as I picked up the MUT, so I stopped a few minutes later to review some email and forward some documentation to a PM. Then, I think I buzzed a 'pedestrian' as close as I have ever done so. Stay with me though, it's not what it sounds like...I'm cruising the MUT, close to the end of my ride on it. I see ahead there are three people - one dude on a cruiser bike, two guys on foot. The guys on foot are dead in the middle of the trail, cruiser guy is blocking the whole right lane. So OK, I just move in to the left lane, but as I do, the guy on the cruiser moves out of the right lane (trying to get out of my way) but in to the left lane and new path I've chosen. I adjust and start to move right when one of the guys on foot starts walking back wards and I cut it a little harder. We probably came within a few feet of each other but didn't collide. I didn't set out to make a point, but I think I drove one home in the end.

    At this point I'm off the bike for about a week. I can't ride next week till Friday or so (and even then it's questionable). Looking forward to a little recovery time. I commuted four days this week, and pedaled out 180 miles over 10 hours in the process. I saved about $91 this week if you use the IRS per mile charge for business miles traveled. Not too shabby

    edit: And as of today I'm #4 on strava for commuter miles. Yeah buddy!!!!
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    Brian, you`re kidding me! Nopales way up there in Indiana? You seem to grow everything! Pineapples next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
    Not sure it's worth lopping off a mile of the ride (which only saves maybe 3 and a half minutes at normal pace but is eroded due to slow speed, the bumps, etc.

    I commuted four days this week, and pedaled out 180 miles over 10 hours in the process.
    Seems to work for the "older guy on an older mountain bike".

    Way more miles than I ever manage out of ten hours of riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Brian, you`re kidding me! Nopales way up there in Indiana? You seem to grow everything! Pineapples next year? .
    Indiana is a longish state. We're in the banana belt not far from Kentucky. We've had -25 F and we get up to about 105 plus humidex. Remember the dyno pic bike propped in the snow? Global warming. Maybe I should bone up on banana growing.

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    The weather finally cooled down to a nice and cold 88 degrees for my ride into work today. Even though it was hot, still an enjoyable ride. It's raining now, I hope it holds off for my ride, but will enjoy the cooling off it causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Drivers who are oblivious to bikes are extremely dangerous.

    If someone doesn't see me and even starts to get in my way....

    I whistle loudly...

    If that doesn't get them, I will try to catch up to them (usually quite doable in traffic) and let them know for sure what they did when I catch them.

    If they get aggressive then so do I...if not then I don't....
    As are oblivious bicyclists and pedestrians...

    I was once riding through GG Park on the way home and some guy walking in the same direction as I was going stopped to take a picture of his family in front of the new Deyoung Museum. I guess in framing his shot, he decided he needed to back up and stepped off the curb and right into the bike lane. He didn't think to take a look at traffic until he was standing in the bike lane right in front of me. He turned around and got a nice surprise from my presence and then fell on his bum tripping on the curb when he tried to back up. He was all fine except his ego. Scared the hell out of me also since I was afraid I was going to crash and this was a pretty heavy set guy, maybe 5-10 or 6ft and 300lbs or so. His fat rolls kinda showed through his sweatshirt.

    Yesterday, a group of fixie or SS riders decided to run a 4-way stop and I almost plowed over the lead. I need to make a left and I did not anticipate that they were not going to stop. (I didn't realize that they were on fixie until I saw how the first guy had to stop.) The lead rider was about 30-50 ft from the line when I was letting the clutch out. No injuries or damage, but he was pretty upset.

    In a previous collision, I hit a salmon bicyclist riding on the sidewalk who rode into an intersection when street traffic had a green arrow that sent cars right into him.

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    I got new panniers today. I was using Novara Transfer panniers, which worked OK. They were pretty secure on the bike but cumbersome off the bike. Hard to carry, etc. Then part of the clip that attaches them to the bike started popping off when the panniers were not attached to the rack, and last night I noticed the nylon handle was tearing :\.

    Thanks to REI, I exchanged them for a Timbuk2 Tandem Pannier setup. Now I have just one bag to carry all my gear to work, whether I drive or ride. The attachment clip has me a little uncomfortable, and I won't get to test that out for a couple weeks until I go back to work. We'll see how they do!
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    Got my Niterider Minewt 250 cordless from Chainlove this past week and just got back from testing it out. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be bright enough and considered getting the 350 instead, but without street lighting I could go pretty fast. Not as fast as daylight during the downhill sections though. Still trying to figure out how to aim it properly. Not sure if I want a big bright spot in front of me or dimmer with more throw.

    There's no comparison even with my Planet Bike 2W. That thing was absolutely inadequate for unlit paths. I still managed to startle myself on an unlit path though because a bike ninja was riding on the side of the path and I couldn't see him until I was about 50 ft from him. Pretty sure he didn't have reflectors since I could see reflective material on gates and posts from a thousand feet. I mean I saw something moving but wasn't sure if I was looking at foliage or something else.

    What still surprises me is the number of people who don't use any lights. Even with numerous street lamps, I found they were quite hard to see even from 50 to 100 ft. Amongst a sea of headlamps, they may as well not be there or not much more than a shadow.

    Other things I noticed, the City really needs to install more reflective material on their barriers. Some of the roads are closed to cars on weekends and they use swing gates or the mobile barriers that link together such those used for parades and such. Only one of three swing gates I passed had reflective material on them and I saw them from thousands of feet away. The others I didn't see until maybe 100 or so.

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    Didn't commute over the weekend, just wanted to hop in here and say my new 20.1 mi round trip to work went really well on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday last week. I'm going to try for all of this week assuming we don't get any storms around here. It's not much compared to some of you guys, but I'm still pretty stoked since it's more than three times my old commute.

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    I had to return the work car today, but riding home tonight. Got in a trail ride yesterday before the rain came again. Wore shorts and wool longsleeve since it was only 50 and damp. The trails were wet & slickery from Saturday's rain, but not muddy if you picked the right ones. The bike went down hard on some of this wet rock, but somehow I ended up standing. Tried "Off Botanical" for the skeeters...it works well, at least for a couple hours, and is more like hand cream than a stinky icky insect repellent. A pic of my current dogsittee "Spirit" & her friend "Bruin" that joined us last weekend. Did I mention he somehow managed to pick up 1 porcupine quill?
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    Duckies crossed my path today. It was so damn windy I was going slow enough to watch them.

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    Temps about 15 F lower very nice day so commuted to volunteer work and back.

    Longish post. Please forgive.

    Apparently lead poisoned people feel better with exercise (As long as it isn't high-velocity lead poisoning). I guess the endorphins help a lot. While mercury toxic ones have a post exercise collapse because it messes up stress hormones. Yep, on both counts. Plus Cadmium and Copper are also messing me up too. I was hoping the new supplements would let me crank up the miles again. Nope.

    I will ride when I can, as much as I can, and will post here if and when I remember.

    Mercury does a number on short-term memory and Lead on long term, and both are synergistic and reduce something else important, but I forgot what it was since it was the first to go.

    I am looking at three years or more to get it sorted and the worst comes weeks after the amalgam fillings come out helped by chelation therapy a month or more ahead. It will be easier than the likely promise of 50 pills a day or AZ or mercury induced Parkinson's if I don't.

    Since lead lowers IQ, through chelation, I'm looking forward to uncovering my true genius.

    Since mercury makes you well, mercurial, I am looking forward to a much more easy going 'me', once chelated. Riding along, waving at friends, flipping the bird at @$$h0le drivers, all with a smile like Bob, and have the same reason to!

    If I was a weight weine I'd be happy losing heavy fillings and sequested heavy metals, too. Lead often causes a very hard to get rid of spare tire so I may get ripling abs, too bad the 'old guy' hair will hide them!

    So if you have to replace older amalgam fillings, have resin ones instead. I wish I had in the mid eighties when they were all redone and I was poisoned some more with the removal and poisoned every minute since. You may be very glad you did, especially if you have a good chunk or Northern European in you. There is a hint that if you sunburn easily, you'll be even happier.

    My return to more active cycling was, my route back to normal weight and health. Instead it and a very healthy diet, appear to have safeguarded me from a complete and earlier collapse. So I'm taking a different kind of hiatus than Commuterboy. A reduction. For a time.

    This sucks to tell you, but I feel we're all friends, here. Mercury makes it hard to face meeting new people. It's easier here. I'm not quite dead yet (my mantra ) and I will deal with this and recover. For those of you who thought me a little, well a lot odd: "You may be right. I may be crazy, but it seems I unlike some I know, have an excuse!" (Apologies to Billy Joel).

    Also choose your Avatar carefully. Mine turns out to either be prophetic about burning (oxidation) and heavy metals, or a subconscious recognition? Weird. (Cue Twilight Zone Theme here.) I look forward to replacing it when I get the lead out. Copper first.

    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Longish post. Please forgive.

    ... For those of you who thought me a little, well a lot odd: "You may be right. I may be crazy, but it seems I unlike some I know, have an excuse!" (Apologies to Billy Joel).
    Hey Brian, the advantage of a long post is that tomorrow you will be able to read what you were thinking.

    I am sorry to hear how you are affected, what really concerns me though is that I never thought you the least bit odd - might have to get myself checked.

    Seriously, I am glad that you have a plan to get better - the world is a better place with you around.

    Cheers

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    Hey Brian, yes, friends here, sorry to hear about the troubles. Thanks for letting us know, so we don't worry uneccessarily - only necessary worrying now. It sounds like a long haul, but I'm glad you figured out what was going on, and hopefully you'll feel better after treatment. I hope you can still get out for some rides. After I hurt my ankle I was thrilled to get back out, even soft-pedaling at first-grader pace on the bike path.

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    ^^ Thanks. I knew that though we can't raise a pint together, or few of us can, that we have a community here. Nice to know I still make sense. I will keep you posted on riding. I shall never surrender! "They (heavy Metals) will never take me alive!"

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    Heavy metal poisoning from fillings? Great- a new one to worry about. I thought it would be enough to just quit chewing paint off the walls.
    I`m not quite sure I understood the whole thing. So, they`re going to replace your old fillings with new plastics and give you a heavy-duty pill routine to help clear the stuff out of your system? I didn`t know about the poisoning and didn`t know that anything could be done after the fact. Hope it works out as well as possible.

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    Had some mist in the middle of the park this morning which we rarely get here in Houston texas. Was neat seeing the floating mist from 100 yards away then entering it and watching my new light saber light beam.

    Spotted two armadillos also right next to the bike trail, one was pretty large.

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    Sightings last night:

    A guy kneeling is his garden, supervised by a black cat sitting nearby;

    A deer, staring at me go by;

    A guy in his 60's pushing his bike up my hill...Me: need anything? ...Him: No, I'm just getting too old for this...Me: Nah, we're getting too old not to do this. I looked back in a minute & saw him riding again.

    Happy Flag Day!
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    Brian: get back to 100% soon, ok? In the meantime fill this board with long posts as much as you like, I enjoy your old man ramblings I look forward to someday buying you a beer when I'm in your neck of the woods.

    Todays ride was odd. The skies look omnious, as if a storm is coming. That's not unusual actually, but seeing other commuters with dark clouds above certainly is! I saw the roadie/messenger bag guy again, whom I've seen a few times before. The other guy was new. An older guy on a mountain bike with panniers. No waves, bell rings, or nods though. Maybe next time.
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    Good luck Brian. Did the problems just unexpectedly show up on some routine tests, or did you have some suspicions beforehand?

    Rain for me. The whole week is supposed to be rainy (although the forecasts have been saying that for a few weeks now, and have been mostly wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Temps about 15 F lower very nice day so commuted to volunteer work and back.

    Longish post. Please forgive.

    Apparently lead poisoned people feel better with exercise (As long as it isn't high-velocity lead poisoning). I guess the endorphins help a lot. While mercury toxic ones have a post exercise collapse because it messes up stress hormones. Yep, on both counts. Plus Cadmium and Copper are also messing me up too. I was hoping the new supplements would let me crank up the miles again. Nope.

    I will ride when I can, as much as I can, and will post here if and when I remember.

    Mercury does a number on short-term memory and Lead on long term, and both are synergistic and reduce something else important, but I forgot what it was since it was the first to go.

    I am looking at three years or more to get it sorted and the worst comes weeks after the amalgam fillings come out helped by chelation therapy a month or more ahead. It will be easier than the likely promise of 50 pills a day or AZ or mercury induced Parkinson's if I don't.

    Since lead lowers IQ, through chelation, I'm looking forward to uncovering my true genius.

    Since mercury makes you well, mercurial, I am looking forward to a much more easy going 'me', once chelated. Riding along, waving at friends, flipping the bird at @$$h0le drivers, all with a smile like Bob, and have the same reason to!

    If I was a weight weine I'd be happy losing heavy fillings and sequested heavy metals, too. Lead often causes a very hard to get rid of spare tire so I may get ripling abs, too bad the 'old guy' hair will hide them!

    So if you have to replace older amalgam fillings, have resin ones instead. I wish I had in the mid eighties when they were all redone and I was poisoned some more with the removal and poisoned every minute since. You may be very glad you did, especially if you have a good chunk or Northern European in you. There is a hint that if you sunburn easily, you'll be even happier.

    My return to more active cycling was, my route back to normal weight and health. Instead it and a very healthy diet, appear to have safeguarded me from a complete and earlier collapse. So I'm taking a different kind of hiatus than Commuterboy. A reduction. For a time.

    This sucks to tell you, but I feel we're all friends, here. Mercury makes it hard to face meeting new people. It's easier here. I'm not quite dead yet (my mantra ) and I will deal with this and recover. For those of you who thought me a little, well a lot odd: "You may be right. I may be crazy, but it seems I unlike some I know, have an excuse!" (Apologies to Billy Joel).

    Also choose your Avatar carefully. Mine turns out to either be prophetic about burning (oxidation) and heavy metals, or a subconscious recognition? Weird. (Cue Twilight Zone Theme here.) I look forward to replacing it when I get the lead out. Copper first.

    Brian.
    I was okay in all metals when tested but when they added up all the totals that exceeded the recommended value....So I had Chelation....

    Basically take some pills for a while and your done...

    That and some other naturapathic remedies have worked wonders to get my immune system back to where it should be.

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    Good rides today and yesterday for the most part, but the three weeks off the bike can kiss my ass. Good reason to be off the bike (had my second baby), but man its hard to get back into it after taking that time off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalton View Post
    Good rides today and yesterday for the most part, but the three weeks off the bike can kiss my ass. Good reason to be off the bike (had my second baby), but man its hard to get back into it after taking that time off.
    Takes 6 weeks to make a habit, and 6 weeks to break a habit....well except addictions etc.

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