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    Today was windy. Missed out on the rain luckily. Fenders, even though I hate em, HATE HATE HATE them, are nice for just wet roads. Haven't decided about Thursday's commute yet, storms forecasted - some severe. Thursday would make 7 straight bike commutes. Decisions decisions.....
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    Wow, that is a lot of dislike for fenders. I took the fendered bike today because it rained overnight and I didn't want a wet arse. Try not to think of it as punishment. Try to think of it as making you appreciate your lighter, funner bikes.

    Found a flasher on the commute as noted in another thread.

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    Day 4 with cargo bike and dog. My legs are still attached, and the rain has just missed us by 10 minutes for 2 of those rides. We were the first ones to the office today, I guess she was first because I have a front loader.

    I like fenders, at least more than I like road gunk covering my body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    Day 4 with cargo bike and dog. My legs are still attached, and the rain has just missed us by 10 minutes for 2 of those rides. We were the first ones to the office today, I guess she was first because I have a front loader.

    I like fenders, at least more than I like road gunk covering my body.
    I'm still thinking I missed something. You get to take your dog to work?
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    What does your dog do at work?

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    Is this not normal? How do you get through a work day without your dog and not go insane?

    She mostly naps, and says hi to anyone who will look in her general direction and then sniff their pockets in case they have treats. More people carry dog treats than you would think.
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    I think I would go insane if I went through my work day with my dog. She can be a little curious and demanding.

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    formula4 that's awesome I wish I could take my dog to work!

    I broke a spoke this morning on a sharp corner on the ride into work, then realized when I got ready to head home there was actually 2 broken spokes. Rode carefully and slow home and made it, the tire was about a frog's hair from hitting the chainstays. I guess I get to practice truing a rim this weekend woo hoo!
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    Welcome back to bikecommuting Woodway & NDD! Formula, that dog and setup are super cute! Lucky dog and humans! Rides have been pretty good, a little windier than I'd prefer. Earlier this week I accepted a ride home as I had only brought the helmet light and it was going out as soon as it went on. Turned out the culprit was the cable between the battery in my pack and the helmet - a loose wire kept it from charging right or connecting reliably once charged. Luckily it is replaceable, so the whole thing is not trash. I also ordered an accessory that lets you charge your phone or whatever off the battery pack, great for emergencies or camping.

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    Hey F4S that picture is awesome!! Very nice that the company allows you to bring the dog. We have only a cat and cats generally prefer to stay in their own territory. Dogs instead love to be on the road and discover new things so very nice that you can bring the dog. Let him run a while until he's tired, then you wont have any problems at work either Wanted to give you rep for the pic but have to spread it around before I can give you some.

    No ride yesterday. Had to attend a customer meeting and bringing the suit etc was too much hassle so I took the bus.

    Today was windy. Ride in was fairly ok with 6C. During the day some showers passed through but it was dry when I left. For that the wind picked up to some 20-25kts and I made a slight detour, which made me go into the wind. Rode in the the drops all the time and bended over as far as I could, still got only 15kph out of it. Got better later when it became a crosswind and I was a bit sheltered. Rode some 27km in total today.

    Rode 3 out of 4 working days this week but with a detour on 2 days, so that makes at least 3,5 days

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    Rode bike to bike shop. Worked at bike shop for 8 hours. Rode bike home. Now that is a great day!
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    Saw a pretty car parked next to the bike parking at my workplace.

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    Thanks all, yes it is really nice having her at work with me. She's also the main reason I got the cargo bike, didn't want have to choose between biking to work and having her there with me. So problem solved.

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    Nice ride in, empty roads at 0630, not to cold, no one tried to kill me I am in the midst of working 33 days in a row my goal is to ride every day. My commute is about 14 miles round trip. I have come to the conclusion that I like riding my hardtail 29er more than my 26er or 650b.Seems like I cover more ground on the flats.
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    So far, I have been doing pretty well going car light. Great commute in today and the ride home was pretty good as well. It is that weird temperature at night here where you start off really cold, but end up being warm. I need more sleeves I think because that seems to be the perfect solution. A wind breaker had me drenched and that sucked. Commutes Monday and Tuesday and then the rain/severe weather will be back so that car may see duty depending on how it goes. Tied my KOM and was frustrated with myself because I could have easily gone one second faster. Next time!!
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    Rode in today First one in a while, still not fully well but thought , sod it, maybe it'll clear out the pipes!

    Bike has had a good clean and service so was running well. Weather was bright, some cloud, light sprinkle of rain, headwind...

    Glad to see some of you doing well on the commutes, good luck on car free Tenspeed, that's a big commitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    Rode in today First one in a while, still not fully well but thought , sod it, maybe it'll clear out the pipes!

    Bike has had a good clean and service so was running well. Weather was bright, some cloud, light sprinkle of rain, headwind...

    Glad to see some of you doing well on the commutes, good luck on car free Tenspeed, that's a big commitment.
    Wish I could go car free to be honest, just going car lite for now. Glad you are feeling a bit better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jupiter58 View Post
    ....., no one tried to kill me ....
    Now that sounds cynical....

    Hey Slipspace, nice to see you back on the bike! Take it easy man, its just the way to work and back home, not a race ;o)) at least, that is how I see it. It doesnt matter how, where, what and how fast you ride - just keep RIDING! and get well soon.

    Windy here today again and will be for the rest of the week. Regular showers passing through. Rain made fun of me this afternoon. Stopped to put on the rainpants, when I got back on the bike, it stopped raining again!! Kept the rainpants on for the last 5minutes anyway, just short enough not to be cooked.

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    Set my fastest effort to work yesterday. 16.5 mph average over 6.5 miles. I usually go about 15.0 mph +/- 0.5 average. This morning, I happened to smash that previous record, going 17.4 mph. This on a singlespeed 29er (see blue ROS9 in pic a few posts up). I was going NW, and the wind was from the SW 0-5 MPH. Was calm yesterday. Odd thing is, I injured my left ankle a couple days ago (got run over by a heavily loaded 250+ lbs cart). I guess it's just because I was really trying to get technique down right, doing the "ankling" and trying to get power through at least half my pedal stroke and making my feet feel light on the pedals, focusing on extending the legs (focused on "pushing down" just behind the knee) and getting my heels down just before my feet reach 12 o'clock.

    Also set a pretty good time, jogging around the block, 0.92 miles in 5:42. Was trying to practice good technique, leaning forward and not kicking out my stride too much, but was wheezing and unable to maintain technique, at under 160 bpm. Feels odd being full anaerobic at 160 bpm. I recall last year doing 185 up a long pavement climb, and not feeling so awful during the effort. Not my best effort, but I was pleasantly surprised that "feeling terrible" got my 3rd fastest mile pace effort around this block.

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    Mercedes driver said that the pickup ran the light. I have no clue how it ended up like this. Maybe someone can tell from debris left over on the road (cars are parked on the road leading to the right).

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    ^^Is that 2 accidents you saw in 1 day?

    I took the rain bike today because it's supposed to be pretty damp for the trip home and I just cleaned the cross bike. Actually I just cleaned the rain bike too. Oh well.

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    Another snow storm commute this morning - winter just keeps hanging on this year.

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    That's not jogging!

    I need to see how fast I can run a mile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I took the rain bike today because it's supposed to be pretty damp for the trip home and I just cleaned the cross bike. Actually I just cleaned the rain bike too. Oh well.
    I know all about it

    easy ride in this morning. Only 3C but thats no issue, hardly any wind and dry - thats what counts. Ride home was dry as well and had quite some wind from behind so it was a quick ride home. Nothing special for the rest - good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCTJ View Post
    Another snow storm commute this morning - winter just keeps hanging on this year.
    This is no good, no good at all.

    Rode to a doctor's appointment and then home, lunch, shower, then to work. Good rides all day honestly. 66F for the ride home at 11:30PM in April? Absolutely. Short commute tomorrow to the bike shop for 8 hours then home.
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    Tenspeed, thanks. Your car light effort is probably harder than car free I reckon as there's always that escape route. Requires more mental discipline so I applaud the effort!

    Dutchman, thanks, I feel like I'm getting my mojo back now. Appreciate the advice on pace etc but man have I lost some form!

    We had snow yesterday, it was around 7C but snow fell and dusted things briefly, wtf is going on, nearly may and snowing. Similar today but only hail... I was in the car doing the school run (was a nice B-road blast from the school to work in the Scoob though!)

    Zooey. Hi, interesting that the pickup seems to have escaped with a busted track rod and a light scrape while the Merc didn't fair so well. Also, I'm with Chazpat, around 6 minute mile is a good pace, not jogging!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    This is no good, no good at all.

    Rode to a doctor's appointment and then home, lunch, shower, then to work. Good rides all day honestly. 66F for the ride home at 11:30PM in April? Absolutely. Short commute tomorrow to the bike shop for 8 hours then home.
    Warmer today. Just do it winter - let go and kick the can!!

    I think that next winter I will buy Bar Mitts - my hands have nearly been cold every morning for the past three months. My leather gloves aren't good enough I guess.

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    Cold this morning, just above freezing. Appletrees were sprayed again, at least there was no ice on the road. For the rest it was amazing! Bright blue sky and little wind. Bit more wind on the way home, 10C and sunny again. Simply lovely.

    No riding tomorrow, shopping for a new car. If we succeed, the car will be more expensive than the bike since years.

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    Nice bright morning today. I misjudged the temperature though. I headed out in shorts and summer gloves. about 2 miles out I dug out the winter gloves which were still fortunately in the pannier. Cold headwind all the way (I guess the chill easily dropped the temp below 0C) but I had a smile on my face
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    22C last week in ZRH, this week it's been ~2C with snow. I braved the commute all week.

    Headed in to work today in the rain, but took a huge fall when the cycle lane transitioned to a paved section from tarmac. Front tire didn't grip, I was going too fast and hit the desk head first at 30km/h. Not a great day.

    Cracked by helmet (thank god I was wearing one), ruined my kit, and the hoods now have a nice selection of scrapes and scratches. Have some decent bruises and nice case of road rash that I am sure will go soon enough!

    Colleagues at work who have first aid training are pretty convinced I have a mild concussion, so taking the train home early to rest up.
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    ^^Ouch! Heal soon and I hope nothing is worse than that.

    It's only been a few days but it feels like it has been raining here forever. Maybe I'm just grumpy.

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    H0ly sh!t marc! Good that you are ok.

    (No riding for me today and car shopping wasn't successful either...)

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    Yeah Marc, If you cracked the helmet, chances are good you have a concussion. Mild as you did not black out. No stiches needed, which is to the good. I took mine at 30 kph afer a front tire blowout on a turn. About twice the speed or 4 X the energy, so lights out! And 18 stitches. 4.5 years ago, but such face plants are long remembered! My point is, it could have been worse. Not riding back home is a good idea showing you are not too scrambled!

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    Thanks for the kind words and support everyone - really appreciate it.

    I'm definitely coming around to the fact it could have been much much worse, I got away lightly in the circumstances.
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    Heal fast brother.
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    In a word "sucky". Riding home from picking my boots up at the shoe repair place for the 1/2 marathon ruck march in a week and a half and I endo'd. Open fracture if the right elbow, road rash and my already arthritic shoulders and wrist are killing me. So the irony of crashing while getting boots for an event I probably can't participate in now is pretty odd.
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    Great! Last night I turned my 4.5 mile commute home from work into about 15 miles by joining in on a weekly mtb group ride on some lesser known urban single track. Fun stuff.
    The weather this morning was perfect on the ride in. I'll likely look for another "long way home" after work tonight. We're lucky in that there is a 20 mile trail that pretty much circumnavigates our whole town. My work and home are each within about a mile of it on opposite sides of town.

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    Hope you're not too sore today Marc.

    Damn Forster, you didn't fair quite so well! How did you manage to endo? Hope it doesn't ruin your plans but take it easy and heal fast!

    Cold and wet last night. 4C or so, started raining as I unlocked my bike so I put the waterproof on. I'm glad I did as it would have soaked me through. As I approached a remote junction on the country roads I travel I saw an upside down bike with the wheel removed. uh-oh... I then saw the dude huddled under the nearby tree. Stopped to offer assistance and turns out it was a young lady. She had flatted, stopped to change tube and caught the new tube between tyre and rim and flatted that too. The trouble with cold and wet I guess. Poor girl was frozen but said someone was coming to collect her, due in 10 mins. She was grateful for the stop but insisted I carry on and not wait. I guess I could be a weirdo.....

    Car again today. I'm trying to sell stuff on Gumtree at present (similar to craigslist maybe..) one of which is a desk. Managed to sell it but volunteered delivery near to work to get shot of it.
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    ^^So, I took a short section of sidewalk to avoid a traffic jam in the burbs (folks lining up to pick-up kids from school) and the sidewalk dipped about 1.5 feet in a two square 6' area. Didn't see it and couldn't react. Plus side, I kept my head off the ground. Have to see about the 1/2 marathon. My later gravel races will depend on how long the elbow takes to heal.
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    Whatever happened to that rodar y rodar character? This place isn't the same without him.

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    Finishing up week #2 of my new commute. I've ridden all ten days and have been rained on at least one way nine of those ten days. But I don't care, I get to ride my bike to work!

    Bummer Forster and Marc on your crashes. Heal fast. I hate reading about commuter crashes...

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    Whoa Forster that is really very, very bad luck :-/

    Nice of you to stop and ask Slipspace. Had the same thing twice, one time the guy was repairing the tube itself and the next time the guy was carrying his bike to the busstop where somebody was coming to pick him up.

    Nice and calm ride in this morning. Ride home was wet, it rained for the first 15min and it stopped just as my windstopper pants started to leak on the seams on the knee. Took it off and took the completely paved route, had a look on my turn on the unpaved section but it looked very muddy so I continued. Next Monday is Labour Day which is a public holiday so I am going for another long weekend

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    Your are right Rodar^2 is MIA too. Just quickly checked his profile, seems to be active here every once and a while, so I guess he is ok.

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    Heal up guys.

    Commutes are relatively uneventful. Another good day to have my dog on the bike, but the temperature swings are driving me a little crazy. 30 degree temperature swings over a couple days seems to be the new normal.

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    Sorry Foster! That's why I don't usually sign up for stuff too early. You never know what kind of messed up you might be the day of the race. Were you going to be carrying a pack? That wouldn't work well with road rash shoulders.

    notso, that sounds like some pretty nice commuting opportunities.

    I've got a nice afternoon for a commute with temps about 75F. We've had the 30F temp swings lately too.

    OK everybody, have a nice weekend and stop crashing (myself included).

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    Snow again!!! This better be the last of the year!

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