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    More commute singletrack randomness from the singlespeed!


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    My commute has been numbing. Hands and feet going numb. I am switching to ergon grips with the built in bar ends, had those before and they were great. I switched to a Brooks C17 but I need to adjust it a few more times. If I cant get it right I am thinking about something from fizik.
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    My ride home today was pretty terrible. Left work and it was 91 degrees with 20 mph head winds. 1 mile into my ride I tried shifting into my big chainring and my derailleur twisted. Stuck in the 34T. Not sure if it broke or just wasn't tight enough on the seat tube. 2 miles later I got a huge nail my tire. Almost had to call my wife for a ride. Got the tube changed and my hand pump handle broke off. Managed to sort of get it working. Rode home with maybe 40psi in a 32mm tire.

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    ^ that sucks. Tomorrow can only get better?

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    Commute to work was awesome. I only recently started to commute in earnest. Been averaging 100 miles a week. My 9 year old asked to come to work on one of my commute days. So, I agreed to take him along for the ride into work. Told him we'd do the ride, get some breakfast, and his Mom would pick him up and take him home. He was bummed he couldn't stay the whole day but agreed.

    So, he wakes me up today at 4 am and asks if it time to go.. Was he excited or what? I tell him to roll back into bed and catch a few more zzz's. We left at about 6 am, rolled into work about an hour and ten minutes later. He was so excited. Other commuters coming and going seemed to get a big kick out of seeing him tagging along. He did a great job and wants to do it again. 13.1 miles! To say I am proud is an understatement.

    The ride home was a little less great. The trail I usually ride was closed due to the police shooting a drug dealer in a bust gone wrong. Had to take the streets and they were crowded and it was hot. I kinda don't like riding in traffic anymore. I'm just glad I wasn't riding through the park when the shooting went down. The same park my boy and I rode through this morning.

    Another kool thing is I have new set of Mavic Open pro wheels coming in. Should be here next week. Been needing a new set for while. My old set is 17 years old. I have gotten about as much use out of them as is possible. Looking forward to the new wheels, ones that will support my bulk. When I built the bike I was 60 lbs lighter.

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    Road bike day today. carried only what was in my jersey pockets. The commute was fast.

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    Ride in was sunny and 70F with one hell of a head wind! Felt like my wheels were square, the tires made out of cement and they were flat. In other words, slow. Ride home was pretty nice and fast with the temp in the low 60's. Getting sick of the comments from pedestrians about the bike, the lights, my attire, Lance, whatever. I ride a bike to work, it isn't that big of a deal. Cleared 800 miles for the season so far. I am not really on pace for my goal, however I work the next 6 days and the weather is supposed to be nice for the entire time, so the car will be getting a break, and my legs will be getting a workout.

    Bike shop called me today to see how I was enjoying the new bike, and I will call them back tomorrow to let them know that I love it!

    "Accidentally" won a 25.4 Thomson stem on a great deal on an eBay auction, so now the search starts for true 25.4 bullhorns. Would love carbon, but will settle for whatever.
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    Que effin calor! The thermometer has been flirting with that third digit, will probably reach it in the next few days. Sure am glad I`m not in Phoenix or Vegas.

    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
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    I like it. Would be perfect if your Unit were a Dawg.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Another kool thing is I have new set of Mavic Open pro wheels coming in. Should be here next week. Been needing a new set for while. My old set is 17 years old. I have gotten about as much use out of them as is possible. Looking forward to the new wheels, ones that will support my bulk. When I built the bike I was 60 lbs lighter.
    Your post had me thinking about my son, great rides and odd reasons I've had to detour (our last Drug Dealer issue in the park was dealer on dealer with a knife) then you brought me back to my first racing wheelset (Open Pros on Campy Super Records - Circa 1983) and BAM, the weight comparison. Now I'm going to be thinking about how I weight 165 when I raced and 208 today on the whole ride in. Geez
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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Commute to work was awesome. I only recently started to commute in earnest. Been averaging 100 miles a week. My 9 year old asked to come to work on one of my commute days. So, I agreed to take him along for the ride into work. Told him we'd do the ride, get some breakfast, and his Mom would pick him up and take him home. He was bummed he couldn't stay the whole day but agreed.

    So, he wakes me up today at 4 am and asks if it time to go.. Was he excited or what? I tell him to roll back into bed and catch a few more zzz's. We left at about 6 am, rolled into work about an hour and ten minutes later. He was so excited. Other commuters coming and going seemed to get a big kick out of seeing him tagging along. He did a great job and wants to do it again. 13.1 miles! To say I am proud is an understatement.
    That's a great story! Must have been a great feeling! I cant' wait until my son is old enough for that! He's 6 weeks now so it will be a little while....

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    Chilly 51 degrees today and a healthy looking Red Fox (not Redd Foxx) on the trail today. Always like seeing non-Coyote/Skunk critters on the trail, makes me think the trail is less impactive to the native species. No real issue with Coyotes, you just don't see healthy ones lingering on the trail often. Real issue with skunks. Trap one almost every year by my front door and I'm tired of dealing with the smell.
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    Y'all lucky. I only got to commute once this week. Took liberties this morning in doing singletrack before work. I got to be the one to go out at 7am and wake up the spiders by going through their webs.

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    Cold front and some storms moved through the area this morning. It was 49F and raining this morning, but should be sunny and 70F again for my ride in. A 16 year old boy was hit on his bike by a car yesterday and is in a drug induced coma from the local news Facebook page apparently. I just added more reflective tape to my helmet and bag, and revamped my lights for more visibility. I currently do not run a blinky on the rear during the day, but I am going to use my Blackburn Flea 2.0 now. I always try to wear either red, orange, yellow or some bright color shirt, and sometimes white which offers a huge contrast to my black and white bag. I hope that the kid pulls through and is OK, but from the sounds of it, doesn't look too good.

    ETA: Here is all I can find aside from stuff on Facebook. Apparently he was crossing when he wasn't supposed to. Damn.

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    Nice Kid

    Anyway recently I got tickets to a preseason football game....lousy game, great evening.

    We rode the bikes over and then looked for a spot to lock them up..

    Damned if every bike stand was "secured" to the ground with a 6 inch piece of rebar....I just pulled them all up???

    One stand was not even secured to the ground.

    Some of these were big enough that it really didn't matter, but Geez get your **** together guys.

    I finally found a well secured one about 3 blocks away near a city run pool.

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    Did a 115F commute home yesterday and a cooler 112F commute today. Thank goodness for this cold front. Seriously, the news is actually calling next week a cool down at just under 110F. To me, just about anything over 85-90F starts becoming uncomfortable. The extra 25-30 degrees just makes it more uncomfortable. Luckily my new commute is only 4.4 miles each way, compared to 7 miles each way last summer. Upside is the bike is running smooth and quiet.

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    ^ how bad do you sweat on days like that? I know that it is bone dry out there, but still, that is effin hot!!!

    Beautiful day for a commute today. Dedicated both rides to the kid hit by the car here that I posted earlier. Not sure how he is doing, but I took a moment of silence before I left for work, and when I left work for him. Hope he pulls through.

    Ride home let me experience 3 deer, 2 stray cats, 1 raccoon, 1 suicidal rabbit that likes to dart out near my wheels, 1 drunk college kid puking by the side of a building, some fog, the awkward wait at a 4 way stop sign because people cannot figure out how they work, and 3 drunk college guys walking down the street and rapping some nonsense but managed to freestyle in "eff that guy on the bike."

    Ride in let me experience nearly getting creamed by a guy who really did not look at the traffic circle. His windows were down, so he heard me scream "Nice move a--hole"
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    I felt some heat last night too. Saw a black cloud of smoke from maybe 1/2 mile away - WTF?? Came upon a detached garage on fire with the flames twice as tall as the garage and only one volunteer firefighter's pickup there so far, and a few cars pulled over and some teenagers looking on. The garage was set back from the road 200' or so, but you could feel the heat on the road. Saw a man and woman walking away from the house supporting an elderly woman between them, and then they set her down on the grass a safe distance from the fire. I think everyone was out, as nobody looked frantically back at the house or garage, but the older woman was clearly spent from the evacuation and stress. I was soon passed by VFDs coming from that town and the next town over...This morning I saw they were able to save the house, which luckily was a good distance from the garage, but only part of the back wall of the garage was left.

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    Super cute photo, Straz!

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    Great ride in, hectic ride home. Lots of firework traffic still dispersing when I got out of work. Just stuck to the main roads since people were going crazy in the neighborhood lighting off fireworks. Had a minivan come alongside me closer than I liked which made me nervous. Took it easy on the rest of the ride home, just enjoying the cooler temps. 55F when I got home a little while ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    ^ how bad do you sweat on days like that? I know that it is bone dry out there, but still, that is effin hot!!!
    Sweat pretty bad for sure cause body is working overtime to keep itself cool. As long as you are hydrating at same pace all is well. I certainly wouldn't go mt. biking for fun at these temps, but for a quick commute home it is very manageable.

    Upside, though, like you said, is it is a bone dry heat with almost no measurable humidity. I am pretty certain that most of you used to 85-95F with 60, 70, 80% humidity commutes would find a dry 115F commute pretty easy by comparison.

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    How was your commute today?

    My afternoon commutes are usually 90+ degrees with 80% or higher humidity. It presents a serious challenge, since the humidity doesn't allow the sweat to evaporate to cool the body. It's easy to overheat in this sort of climate, and I'm starting to think I'm insane for doing it. I don't have the money for jerseys (and I think commuting in a kit is a little ridiculous), but I definitely plan on grabbing some mesh athletic shirts come next payday.

    Busted out 42 miles yesterday before having to call it quits. My bad knee started acting up something terrible and began popping every revolution. I pedaled the last mile to the shop with only my left leg, and iced it down when I got there. Funny thing is, it hasn't given me a single problem since. I'm thinking something to do with saddle height and position. Really need to get together with a buddy and get this thing dialed in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegascruiser View Post
    Sweat pretty bad for sure cause body is working overtime to keep itself cool. As long as you are hydrating at same pace all is well. I certainly wouldn't go mt. biking for fun at these temps, but for a quick commute home it is very manageable.

    Upside, though, like you said, is it is a bone dry heat with almost no measurable humidity. I am pretty certain that most of you used to 85-95F with 60, 70, 80% humidity commutes would find a dry 115F commute pretty easy by comparison.
    Yep, I remember visiting Vegas a few times, and living in Colorado for 4 years, the humidity was almost non existent. Walking out of the casino at noon in the middle of the summer was like opening the oven door. Blasted with heat, but you didn't really sweat that bad since it was so dry. Biking would be different though I am sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Yep, I remember visiting Vegas a few times, and living in Colorado for 4 years, the humidity was almost non existent. Walking out of the casino at noon in the middle of the summer was like opening the oven door. Blasted with heat, but you didn't really sweat that bad since it was so dry. Biking would be different though I am sure.
    Exactly. Like getting blasted by an open oven door. If you're just strolling back to the car pretty much no sweat at all.

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    We complain about the cold weather as one aspect, and this would be entirely different. Does it get hot enough that you do not commute?
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