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    Sorry to hear Brian. Heal fast and keep the faith!

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    ^^^Mmm... rigid, threaded. But I think you have the wrong camo pattern for your location. Can you get "Sun and Sand" camo?

    Just finished some patience eating bike maintenance...
    ...on my wife`s stationary. Hope the grease I just put in the bushings holds out for a long, long time, because I really don`t care to go through that again in the near future.

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    I went 9er first. Ordered one up this morning.
    Well, as long as you can stiff find a way to justify the fatty next time. Any particular 9er, or just whatever the Wells Fargo wagon brings?

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    I'll take the pouring rain and 20MPH gusts to sitting on an airplane for hours on end.
    Eew, tough decision there. 20 years ago, the plane might have won, but until smoking gets reinstated on airlines, I`m not so sure what I`d have to wish for. Maybe just make an appointment ofr a root canal on that day to evade making the decision myself. You don`t smoke, do you?

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    Bike seat right rear and bottom right brake lever some rash, Bar tape is history and right pedal is history, too much of the outside hoop is gone...

    ...Discovered the front tire will not hold air. Could have taken a sidewall wound in the crash, or the police were un-careful delivering it home, or that was the reason the corner went so badly so suddenly.
    Body AND bike. Worser than before . It was your Mercian?

    Yeah, that would make sense.
    Recalculating....

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    Geez, BrianMc, that does not sound like a fun ride. Hoping you feel better soon. Maybe those rocket-boosters you call lights melted the road in your path.

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    -13 celcius this morning.
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    I TT'd 8 mi of trail after spotting these guys from over a mile away. They were humming along pretty nicely at ~17 mph, so it took a fair effort to catch up. The stoker had a slightly warped sense of humor. That's a Christmas tree in case you need help identifying it.

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    Hope you're up an at em soon Brian, that sounds like an awful wreck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dictatorsaurus View Post
    I have an office job where I wear a dress pants and shirt. I want to start commuting to work a few days a week.

    Since I will be wearing riding clothing while I'm on the bike, how do you suggest I take my work clothes with me? backpack ? commuter rack? i will be using my road bike. please include links to what I could use.
    I also work in an office and carry my work clothes in a backpack; shirt, pants, socks, underwear, shoes and belt. They don't generally wrinkle much on my ~35 minute commute. I also carry wetones, a small towel and deodorant so as to not offend anyone at work. My riding clothes I hang up under my desk so they're dry by the time I'm ready to head home.

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    I was wrong about the vultures. They are still hanging around but have moved up the creek. Last night, I counted 66 birds in the air and saw at least 40 more in the trees. They were swirling low this morning, and I was able to snap a quick pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Well, as long as you can stiff find a way to justify the fatty next time. Any particular 9er, or just whatever the Wells Fargo wagon brings?
    The exact twin to my 26er. I figure that way I can evaluate 9ers and 6ers without any other variables. I've decided that the right number of bikes for me is...8 . The 5 I own, the 9er on order, a fat bike, and a lightweight carbon cross bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    I was wrong about the vultures. They are still hanging around but have moved up the creek. Last night, I counted 66 birds in the air and saw at least 40 more in the trees. They were swirling low this morning, and I was able to snap a quick pic.
    I still say there is a big dead animal somewhere near.

    MTXB, don't you have fatbike on the beach pics to post or something.

    Maintaining 17mph with the windage of a x-mas tree is pretty impressive.

    Commute was good. Took the slow studded bike because the radio had some black ice warnings but I didn't see any. Found a nice insulated coffee cup.

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    Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I took the painkiller prescribed instead of high dose aspirin last night and this morning. The cure is worse than the affliction. I feel crappier now than at any time since regaining consciousness.

    I may have found the smoking gun of the crash. A 'C' shaped piece of the center line of the front tire was cut clean through the tread, the Kevlar belt and lining, cutting a slit in the tube that I had leak fast and slow depending on how I held it. Looks like a sudden loss of front tire pressure in a fast corner caused by road debris. A freak accident. Or a freak's accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    MTXB, don't you have fatbike on the beach pics to post or something.
    Well yes, a couple cellphone pics...
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    Nice shots, mtbxplorer.

    So we've been at -15C/5F for what feels like forever (not that I'm complaining, because it could certainly be colder) and I realized that it's the perfect temperature because I don't sweat. Any warmer and I'd be a little sweaty when I got to work, especially once I hit the heated underground parking. Much colder and I'd add a layer of fleece and would soaking wet. But -15C is just right.

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    ^^That's better. I rode a fatty for the first time this weekend. I can see myself owning one in the not too distant future. Maybe I need to push it into 2013. I've got to limit myself to 2 new bikes/year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Thanks everyone for the well wishes. I took the painkiller prescribed instead of high dose aspirin last night and this morning. The cure is worse than the affliction. I feel crappier now than at any time since regaining consciousness.

    I may have found the smoking gun of the crash. A 'C' shaped piece of the center line of the front tire was cut clean through the tread, the Kevlar belt and lining, cutting a slit in the tube that I had leak fast and slow depending on how I held it. Looks like a sudden loss of front tire pressure in a fast corner caused by road debris. A freak accident. Or a freak's accident.

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    So what do you think would help avoid a similar accident in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    So what do you think would help avoid a similar accident in the future?
    Maybe a magnetic cowcatcher type device or mini streetsweeper out front. Not too strong with the electromagnet though, or he'll be pulling up manhole covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Maybe a magnetic cowcatcher type device or mini streetsweeper out front. Not too strong with the electromagnet though, or he'll be pulling up manhole covers.
    Perhaps something to do with the glasses may help to reduce the injuries.

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    The day after I decide to hang up the helmet for the season and it's 68 and sunny. Sigh.

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    Nice cold snow all weekend, now a Chinook so back to carsnot for three days, then cold and snowy again.

    Starting to get the balance back to ride the stuff better though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Perhaps something to do with the glasses may help to reduce the injuries.
    Yes, good point. I have clear glasses from these guys and they are super comfortable. I don't know if they are available in prescritption lenses or not.
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    as to the vultures....it's their migratory season.

    I get big groups of them passing over in February as they head north again. They don't seem to congregate as much when they're heading south, but I did see some in October/November.

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    my commute today:
    71F, overcast, scattered showers.

    It was coming down sorta heavy when I left the house, but the rain abated to what I call "spitting" by the time I arrived. I ran the lights because it was the sort of weather I'd run my car's headlights. I think the rain jacket made me sweat more than I'd have gotten wet if I left it off. But with the skies overcast at that temp, a stiff wind like you get riding can cause a chill, so I wore the jacket. It wasn't a heavy sweat, just a clamminess by the end of the ride.

    Thesis defense is in two days. My suit's dry cleaned and pressed and ready to go. Putting the final touches on my presentation today and tomorrow, and doing some practice. Going to get a haircut and a shave tomorrow so I look as professional as I can for this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Going to get a haircut and a shave tomorrow so I look as professional as I can for this thing.
    They see suits and ties all day long. If you want to stand out, go in like your avatar and then they will forever remember you

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    They see suits and ties all day long. If you want to stand out, go in like your avatar and then they will forever remember you

    Good luck!
    Lol, in this college, no. It's more like Carhartts and flannel shirts, with full beards. Even at fancy meetings. I haven't seen my adviser in a suit once in the 4.5yrs I've known him.

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    The ride home started with an unexpected gusty wind, followed by disturbing miles contemplating the evil in the world (the murderer of the Curriers here was apparently on a country-wide spree over many years before he killed himself in AK recently). This kind of thinking is not recommended on a desolate stretch of road, by yourself, on a bike. Next, my turn after the reservoir was lit up and blocked by a tractor trailer (from a logging job) that slid off the muddy road and its industrial sized towtruck. I peered into their headlights but got no invitation to pass by safely, so I detoured another 1.5 miles on more muddy roads from the warm-up. It hasn't even started raining yet, and .3 " expected overnight, so it won't be pretty.

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    New to the thread but I need a place to vent.

    On the way home from work tonight a car pulled into the bike lane right in front of me, I swerved to avoid it and flipped the driver off. A cop car came roaring up along side me and the officer proceeded to start yelling at me about being more respectful. Confused I attempted to ask if what the driver had done wasn't clearly illegal (failure to yield the right of way) but all the officer had to say was that "the world doesn't belong to me" and I should be "more respectful", then sped off. A few blocks up I spotted another cop car parked at the bank and decided to stop and ask him to clarify the rules for me. This officer was very elusive and refused to give me a straight answer after multiple questions. Frustrated I then began to ask him if officer weren't supposed to be driving with their laptops closed (the og officer had had his open) after an officer had ran down a pedestrian a while back. He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment. It was then that a guy walked up, bleeding and bandaged. I asked him what happened and he told me that he had just been hit while riding in the bike lane. :-0

    Austin is a weird place and we need to start pushing for change.

    Sorry to be a downer but stuff is becoming more and more common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    New to the thread but I need a place to vent.

    On the way home from work tonight a car pulled into the bike lane right in front of me, I swerved to avoid it and flipped the driver off. A cop car came roaring up along side me and the officer proceeded to start yelling at me about being more respectful. Confused I attempted to ask if what the driver had done wasn't clearly illegal (failure to yield the right of way) but all the officer had to say was that "the world doesn't belong to me" and I should be "more respectful", then sped off. A few blocks up I spotted another cop car parked at the bank and decided to stop and ask him to clarify the rules for me. This officer was very elusive and refused to give me a straight answer after multiple questions. Frustrated I then began to ask him if officer weren't supposed to be driving with their laptops closed (the og officer had had his open) after an officer had ran down a pedestrian a while back. He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment. It was then that a guy walked up, bleeding and bandaged. I asked him what happened and he told me that he had just been hit while riding in the bike lane. :-0

    Austin is a weird place and we need to start pushing for change.

    Sorry to be a downer but stuff is becoming more and more common.
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    Good luck, Nate! Don`t forget to polish your Sidis.

    It`s a bit humid here, but kinda nice. Warm, a little overcast, slight breeze, and still smells like rain. I got in some extra milleage today and enjoyed it. Took the mid-long way home this morning to hit the convenience store, rode to my SIL`s house for dinner (basically across the road from work), then home to make my sandwiches, and turned around to retrace the same route for a third time and clock in.

    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Any warmer and I'd be a little sweaty when I got to work, especially once I hit the heated underground parking. Much colder and I'd add a layer of fleece and would soaking wet. But -15C is just right.
    That`s got to be somewhere around zero F- if you like it that way, great
    I can dig the issue with the heated parking garage. When anything wet is likely to fall from the sky, I bring my bike inside and park in the plant boiler room. For the minute or so that it takes me to put on or take off my gear, I`m roasting and can`t wait to get through the door!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Maybe a magnetic cowcatcher type device or mini streetsweeper out front.
    Might work good for tripping traffic lights too!

    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    New to the thread but I need a place to vent.
    Not so sure pissing the cops off is a good idea, but vent away if it makes you feel better.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    So what do you think would help avoid a similar accident in the future?
    I have been thinking it over. Your wording made my mind follow strange paths:

    One permanent solution is suicide,.

    Maybe one of these:

    http://www.clipartguide.com/_named_c...part_image.jpg

    Both seem a bit extreme as in 50 years of cycling I have never seen this happen. And the pooled group here isn't saying they have had close calls with front tire sudden deflation by road debris. So the chances of this occurring again seem slim. Now having said that the next time I ride,,,,

    Done with the fun.

    Normally when a spill from the rear is imminent I have time for the adrenalin to hit, and time stretches and I tuck and roll. I got no tuck and roll just slide out and face plant and more slide. Like I laid it down on purpose. I remember the flash of the impending impact as too fast to do anything so I did not black out, before the strike.

    At 25 frames per second I count about that from the first wobble to face plant. About 0.2 sec from first wobble to definitely going down, likely less than half of that as it is hard to say where the fall began. I did not even unclip.

    Accident - YouTube

    The titanium frame eyeglasses saved my eyeball. The titanium bent but did not break and stab my eye, The ultra thin lenses remained intact. Sandpapered and gouged, but intact, Somehow the anti scratch coating just wasn't up to sliding down a road. Imagine that! Maybe I should complain! So no shredding. no splinters, no eye stab.

    If I had been wearing contacts and a plastic eye protection device (too dark for sunglasses), I think I'd have been much worse off. Maybe lost an eye.

    No glasses at all? Worse off. No gravel in my eye. No sanding off the cornea.

    If I could remember to tuck my chin, then the helmet would take it all. It is hard to give up looking where you are going. You ain't never seen the kind of wreck you're fixin' to have!

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Maybe a magnetic cowcatcher type device or mini streetsweeper out front. Not too strong with the electromagnet though, or he'll be pulling up manhole covers.
    Or stuck at railway tracks. Wouldn't have to worry about flat tires ever again when the train comes!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Perhaps something to do with the glasses may help to reduce the injuries.
    Ultra light unbreakable lenses saved my eye. Titanium frames saved my eye. Turning my head left or down would have saved a lot of damage. Remembering to do it and in time is worth a shot. One guy in the choir tonight asked was I wearing a helmet. "Yes," I said, "but it doesn't cover my face and it did save my forehead above the abrasion and my scalp and it has the cracks to show for it." I might have showed him my leg injuries and I can see him ask,. "Were you wearing a helmet? Jeez.

    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    New to the thread but I need a place to vent.

    On the way home from work tonight a car pulled into the bike lane right in front of me, I swerved to avoid it and flipped the driver off. ... It was then that a guy walked up, bleeding and bandaged. I asked him what happened and he told me that he had just been hit while riding in the bike lane. :-0

    Austin is a weird place and we need to start pushing for change.

    Sorry to be a downer but stuff is becoming more and more common.
    I think the 'bird' is free speech under the circumstances. Another Texan called Chip Seal (check his blog for past interactions) carries a copy of Texas laws pertaining to bicycles because the cops in his town wanted them to be whatever they wanted them to be. Might be a good idea to memorize them. too. Just because the cops are ignorant of the law is no excuse for us to be. Hard for them to protect and serve if they don't know who has suffered a violation of the law, isn't it?

    The video camera would have been very handy. The TV news that night would be interesting. Saves all the messing around with complaint filing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post

    Not so sure pissing the cops off is a good idea, but vent away if it makes you feel better.
    where did he indicate ANYTHING that should piss off a cop.?

    are we supposed to cower to their 'above the law' attitude?
    are we to forget that they are on OUR payroll?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Good morning, Highdelll. I think you`re reading way too much into my offhand post, but in answer to your questions:
    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    where did he indicate ANYTHING that should piss off a cop.?
    About two thirds of the way through the paragraph.
    "He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment."
    I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like he was a bit miffed.
    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    are we supposed to cower to their 'above the law' attitude?
    Nope.
    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    are we to forget that they are on OUR payroll?
    I don`t care whose payroll they`re on.
    Recalculating....

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    Brian is that actual footage of you, or a similar incident?



    Here's a couple pics that give you an idea of the rain we had earlier this week. It's raining again today, but the river is back down and no flooding in the forecast. This is a creek I ride by every day... I didn't take the top pic (lifted it off local news site), but I did take the bottom one on the way home Monday. Normally I would say that the Monday pic is "very high" for that creek. I now have a new definition of "very high"
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    Wow Brian, double glad to know you are OK after seeing the footage. You went from moving to stopped in zero time. The emergency responders got there in a hurry.

    I got to take one of the fast bikes today instead of the studded tank so I felt like a rocket. This morning was a warm rain and the temps are supposed to drop from the high 40s to the low 30s

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    ^^ I'm scared to watch.

    Glad you didn't float away, CB.

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    Black ice covered by 1cm of now - yikes
    studded tires going on tonight

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    On the way home from work tonight a car pulled into the bike lane right in front of me, I swerved to avoid it and flipped the driver off. A cop car came roaring up along side me and the officer proceeded to start yelling at me about being more respectful. Confused I attempted to ask if what the driver had done wasn't clearly illegal (failure to yield the right of way) but all the officer had to say was that "the world doesn't belong to me" and I should be "more respectful", then sped off. A few blocks up I spotted another cop car parked at the bank and decided to stop and ask him to clarify the rules for me. This officer was very elusive and refused to give me a straight answer after multiple questions. Frustrated I then began to ask him if officer weren't supposed to be driving with their laptops closed (the og officer had had his open) after an officer had ran down a pedestrian a while back. He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment. It was then that a guy walked up, bleeding and bandaged. I asked him what happened and he told me that he had just been hit while riding in the bike lane. :-0
    That's sort like what happened to me a few months back, only I was riding down my neighborhood street and the on-coming off-duty cop swerved into my lane to get around some parked cars. I argued with him for about 15 minutes (not my choice). He sounds like he had the same kind of attitude as the guy you encountered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Brian is that actual footage of you, or a similar incident?
    You get to see my nose, part of the left cheek, and a bit more in the mirror, Mostly it's the camera's POV. I'm sort of the host.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Here's a couple pics that give you an idea of the rain we had earlier this week. .... I now have a new definition of "very high"
    OMG is when it gets to the first branch on the tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Wow Brian, double glad to know you are OK after seeing the footage. You went from moving to stopped in zero time. The emergency responders got there in a hurry.
    Lees than one second. I can't tell if I am pedaling or trying to retain balance when i sawy back and forth. If pedaling it was done and over in a half second. I knew the ground hit me but did not know why.Tucking the head might need to be a trained response, as there was only time for "What, Oh crap!".

    The police often use that road from both the city and the Sheriff's department. There is a city park and other facilities to patrol. So when the cll came in, it was a near record response time. I did not cut any footage within the segment. They began to ask personal identifiable information so I stopped it there.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I got to take one of the fast bikes today instead of the studded tank so I felt like a rocket. This morning was a warm rain and the temps are supposed to drop from the high 40s to the low 30s
    I love the change from the 50+ pound full panniered errand bike to The Duchess as well. Aaah!

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    That's sort like what happened to me a few months back, only I was riding down my neighborhood street and the on-coming off-duty cop swerved into my lane to get around some parked cars. I argued with him for about 15 minutes (not my choice). He sounds like he had the same kind of attitude as the guy you encountered.
    Bicycles make us sort of second class in some people's eyes. Some officers are in the job partly to dominate others. It can be worse for riders that fit some groups. I don't know how much they get used to the deference their cruisers give and whether they tend to take that off duty with them. There will be bad apples in any barrel. If you carry a phone with movie capability remember to haul it out. It will either result in a more civil behavior or allow you to call 911 easily.

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    Cold, cold, cold in Anchorage. -12 at my house this AM. Doesn't look to be any warmer for the ride home. It's too early for this kind of cold!

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    Hey BrianMc

    quite the youtube clip....

    I guess just after the crash that is you breathing as the camera rises and falls????

    Good old biker lungs and heart...

    Then the wait starts....all I could think off was lying there on the ground for maybe 30 to 45 mins on one of my long commutes home.....not a happy thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
    That's sort like what happened to me a few months back, only I was riding down my neighborhood street and the on-coming off-duty cop swerved into my lane to get around some parked cars. I argued with him for about 15 minutes (not my choice). He sounds like he had the same kind of attitude as the guy you encountered.
    Yup

    Two beat cops were walking towards me (I was also walking)....on a large sidewalk that goes under some railway tracks...very busy downtown at lunch hour...

    This guy on a bike riding slowly and safely passes the cops...one cop tells him to get off and walk, so the guy does...

    The guy then points up to a sign that says bikers have to yield to pedestrians....(implies you can ride a bike there (which you can according to the bike path maps)....anyway cop does n't care now....

    Just needs to be in control.....hopefully next time he will know better.

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    2 minute response time is pretty incredible. I was surprised to not see anyone else come over and check on you though?? Maybe they did and just weren't in front of the camera? Someone called it in, but I would think most folks would also check on the victim and see if there was anything they could do... My first reaction on seeing that would be to go to the victim...THEN I'd think "oh yeah, call 911" or tell someone else to do it while I at least talked to the guy on the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Hey BrianMc quite the youtube clip.... I guess just after the crash that is you breathing as the camera rises and falls????
    Reality video the hard way.

    No seismic activity or large animals under the road bed so with my right arm under me (almost got it in place) my lungs are saying "Not dead yet!"

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Good old biker lungs and heart...
    What!? No honorable mention for the biker's hard head? And the brilliant display of a helmet saving substantial scalp and upper forehead.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Then the wait starts....all I could think off was lying there on the ground for maybe 30 to 45 mins on one of my long commutes home.....not a happy thought.
    I do not know how to adjust audio of my videos on the Mac.I likely need some software. If you turn the volume up you hear assistance right away,

    I started to roll over to get up and was told to be still, not to move my heed or touch it. I wasn't firing on all cylinders. They asked me if I knew where I was when on the ground and I remember not knowing what was meant by that. Here, obviously! In the ambulance, asked again, I knew I was in the ambulance. So things were coming back on line.

    Point is I would have gotten back on the bike blood pouring down my face, or if it was too much pulled out my own cell to call 911. A bit after the clip, my alarm for my 5:00 PM meds went off. Not home in time. End of that round of treatment.Was home after 10.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    2 minute response time is pretty incredible. I was surprised to not see anyone else come over and check on you though?? Maybe they did and just weren't in front of the camera? Someone called it in, but I would think most folks would also check on the victim and see if there was anything they could do...
    The car at the intersection that saw my face first slide for home came to the rescue.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    My first reaction on seeing that would be to go to the victim...THEN I'd think "oh yeah, call 911" or tell someone else to do it while I at least talked to the guy on the ground.
    Turn up the volume and you will hear the people remark that I am breathing, caution not to touch me and they call it in. You may need to press the ears to the speaker.

    No need to repeat. Or copycat.

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    gnarly stuff, Brian. I wonder if I am hearing the tire blow or if it's some other impact right before you went down.

    one "nice" thing about riding in TX is that with the summers as hot and long as they are, most road debris gets embedded into the asphalt after enough cars and trucks run over it. I occasionally catch myself looking at the embedded debris when I stop at a stoplight. All manner of bolts and scraps of steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    gnarly stuff, Brian. I wonder if I am hearing the tire blow or if it's some other impact right before you went down..
    Good catch. On the right surface the front fender can rattle, but this sound is different. The fender clearance is tight with 32's and there is an under crown mounting bolt for a center of tire embedded thing to hit. So it went round maybe twice, rattled in there and came out and there you are: flat tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Good morning, Highdelll. I think you`re reading way too much into my offhand post - Maybe so

    I don`t care whose payroll they`re on.
    Really though?

    That strikes me as odd.
    You don't care that you pay them to work for you?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Got buzzed by a guy today only to pass him 3 seconds later while he was waiting to turn left. Wanted to take out his mirror, but I refrained. I'm usually not the violent type anyways. Oddly today was one of the few days I had my blinky taillight.

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    Just before I left home this morning I remembered that my front BB7 disc brake was making an annoying squeakety squeak, not when applied, but just rolling. It’s usually a mistake to start mechanical work when you are heading out the door, and this was no exception. After fussing with the adjusters the rotor was still rubbing so next I removed and reinstalled the pads. One arm was bent somehow but otherwise they seemed O.K. This did eventually get rid of the noise, though they will need some more adjustment to get the right feel, hopefully without reintroducing the squeak. So the ride itself was a bit rushed, and the ˝” snow required some caution on the dirt road where cars had packed it down, but I made it on time.

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    That puts me fourth in line for a report of bad commute. I slipped on black ice in the supermarket parking lot. Shouldn`t have been a big deal- walking speed, the bike went out from under me and I went down on one knee. I got up, picked the bike up, and started riding again. Then a few seconds later I noticed a pool of light next to my front wheel. WTF? Leaned forward and peeked at my headlight... the mount had snapped off and it was just dangling by thte wires GRRR! Hopefully I`ll be able to fix it by wrapping some kind of sheet metal strap around it.
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    #5 here... woke up insanely late and had the debate about whether or not I should drive... if course I rode (come on ) ...arrived maybe 20 minutes later than normal. Not a huge deal since I get here early, and rather impressive since I overslept by almost an hour. But no fun. It was weirdly foggy this morning...soaking wet ground from all that rain, and colder temps.
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    Hate to break the bad commute cycle, but I had a great one this morning. The temps in Anchor-town were a balmy 0 and the ride was fast and felt great after the past few days of below zero temps sapping my energy. Got to work feeling awesome and ready for the day.

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    I had a perfectly decent commute this morning, uneventful ride, air temp was about 35F with a slight breeze.

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    I have nothing bad to report either unless you count that there is no hot water at work. Since a most of you don't have showers I'm not sure I'll get much sympathy.

    I did roll over the 5000 commuted miles mark today and about 5500 miles total for the year so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    New to the thread but I need a place to vent.

    On the way home from work tonight a car pulled into the bike lane right in front of me, I swerved to avoid it and flipped the driver off. A cop car came roaring up along side me and the officer proceeded to start yelling at me about being more respectful. Confused I attempted to ask if what the driver had done wasn't clearly illegal (failure to yield the right of way) but all the officer had to say was that "the world doesn't belong to me" and I should be "more respectful", then sped off. A few blocks up I spotted another cop car parked at the bank and decided to stop and ask him to clarify the rules for me. This officer was very elusive and refused to give me a straight answer after multiple questions. Frustrated I then began to ask him if officer weren't supposed to be driving with their laptops closed (the og officer had had his open) after an officer had ran down a pedestrian a while back. He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment. It was then that a guy walked up, bleeding and bandaged. I asked him what happened and he told me that he had just been hit while riding in the bike lane. :-0

    Austin is a weird place and we need to start pushing for change.

    Sorry to be a downer but stuff is becoming more and more common.
    Pulled up along side a bus at a red light. The bus was in the right lane but going straight. As I was turning right I moved a bit forward of the bus to see if it was clear to my left. As I did so the bus inched forward enough to block my view. Thinking it was a coincidence I moved forward again and the bus did as well! I looked through the door and could see the driver looking at me with a big grin on his face. I made a confused gesture and said what's the problem? He opened the door so I could hear him and he says "Oh, are you trying to turn?" At that point the light changed so I said something unpleasant under my breath and rode off. Have had other incidents with buses in Austin too.
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    Anyone see one of these in action yet? Wish they had a front camera too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    Anyone see one of these in action yet? Wish they had a front camera too.

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    I use a $7 bar end mirror to see what's behind me. I like the "black box" sort of recorder, but I think they could make it way cheaper if they lose the display and all the baggage that comes with it.

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    bloody cold on exposed skin.
    pop the rear slick into a short skid over any ice patches to help break them up for the next rider.
    need a new balaclava.
    might get flat bars and maguras back on the casseroll for the winter. maybe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I use a $7 bar end mirror to see what's behind me. I like the "black box" sort of recorder, but I think they could make it way cheaper if they lose the display and all the baggage that comes with it.
    Yep, I use a bar end mirror as well. Mainly looking to buy a dvr and a camera for up front and one in back. This is the closest thing I have seen on the market. I've played with hacking together some different parts, but I'd rather buy a complete solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Hate to break the bad commute cycle, but I had a great one this morning. The temps in Anchor-town were a balmy 0 and the ride was fast and felt great after the past few days of below zero temps sapping my energy. Got to work feeling awesome and ready for the day.
    Good- it was a cycle that needed to be broken! Balmy zero is up 12 from yesterday, isn`t it? That`s a pretty good bump.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I did roll over the 5000 commuted miles mark today and about 5500 miles total for the year so far.
    Whoooo!

    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    bloody cold on exposed skin.
    pop the rear slick into a short skid over any ice patches to help break them up for the next rider.
    need a new balaclava.
    might get flat bars and maguras back on the casseroll for the winter. maybe...
    Hey, Byknuts. Nice to hear from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    I like the "black box" sort of recorder, but I think they could make it way cheaper if they lose the display and all the baggage that comes with it.
    Besides cheaper: less clutter, less theft possibility. But then would that be the same thing as a GoPro, or does that Hindsight have additional capabilities?

    EDIT: Ah, I see- five minute continuous loop. Looks good for accidents, when it`ll be tripped and save the important part, but if you wanted to use it for evidence or license plate ID in the middle of a ride longer than five minutes, I guess you need to flip your bike or turn it off after the first incedent.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Besides cheaper: less clutter, less theft possibility. But then would that be the same thing as a GoPro, or does that Hindsight have additional capabilities?

    EDIT: Ah, I see- five minute continuous loop. Looks good for accidents, when it`ll be tripped and save the important part, but if you wanted to use it for evidence or license plate ID in the middle of a ride longer than five minutes, I guess you need to flip your bike or turn it off after the first incedent.
    It's far from perfect, but the only thing I've seen so far close to a bike black box. I really just want a dvr with battery pack that comes off easily and two wide angle lipstick cams that can be discretly mounted on the bike. GPS data logging and auto start/stop with a good hour or two recording loop. Seen anything like this on the market?
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    I have two Drift Innovation Stealth Cameras. The old one with missing (broken) lens cover I am debating placing on the rear rack, aimed to the rear. The new lighter one is on the helmet. As shown in the accident video. A rude bus driver would have been recorded nicely.

    The batteries are good for 2 hours at 25 fps & 720 P (can do 60 fps and 1080P). The memory is very large. I have had hours and hours on there before downloading them. The older model allowed a double battery pack.

    No one knew to shut the camera off after the crash. It closed the file and shut itself off. That is a problem with a looping recorder. If you are hurt too bad and no one knows better the evidence will be lost. I am thinking of adapting my light batteries to drive the camera. Buying extra cells may be the better option. There is something to be said for redundant recorders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Good morning, Highdelll. I think you`re reading way too much into my offhand post, but in answer to your questions:
    About two thirds of the way through the paragraph.
    "He then got really defensive and told me to go away because he was working a traffic accident at the moment."
    I could be wrong, but it sounds to me like he was a bit miffed.
    Nope.
    I don`t care whose payroll they`re on.
    They were definitely both pissed. The first one because I didn't "respect his authority", because he was in the wrong. The second one because I started asking him about the laptop issue and that is a bit of a touchy subject since that officer ran down that pedestrian.

    Honestly they need some fire under their ass. Out of the 5 states and dozen cities I have lived in I have never seen such an ineffective police force. And, as far as I can seen most of them are clearly anti-bike. Out of the 7 times I have been hit, and one time I was assaulted by the diver after being hit, none of the cops have even been remotely helpful. And I have actually learned that they have broken protocol in a few cases. Don't get me wrong, I hate CM too, but if you can't help a guy that is just trying to get home from work then what good are you.

    I have actually been thinking about organizing a protest or something but with my temper and mentality can't see it going well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    Pulled up along side a bus at a red light. The bus was in the right lane but going straight. As I was turning right I moved a bit forward of the bus to see if it was clear to my left. As I did so the bus inched forward enough to block my view. Thinking it was a coincidence I moved forward again and the bus did as well! I looked through the door and could see the driver looking at me with a big grin on his face. I made a confused gesture and said what's the problem? He opened the door so I could hear him and he says "Oh, are you trying to turn?" At that point the light changed so I said something unpleasant under my breath and rode off. Have had other incidents with buses in Austin too.
    Oh dude, some of the bus drivers are terrible. I constantly have issues with them buzzing me, or pulling into the bike lane RIGHT in front of me, or riding my ass (and even honking at me).

    I actually got in a yelling match with a driver one morning. I was going straight through a light and for some reason the driver thought it was a good idea to pull up along side me, in the left lane, then try to take a right with me in the way. I hit my zound and he stopped but as I passed he threw open his little slider and let loose. Sometimes this city is unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    ...

    Oh dude, some of the bus drivers are terrible. I constantly have issues with them buzzing me, or pulling into the bike lane RIGHT in front of me, or riding my ass (and even honking at me).

    I actually got in a yelling match with a driver one morning. I was going straight through a light and for some reason the driver thought it was a good idea to pull up along side me, in the left lane, then try to take a right with me in the way. I hit my zound and he stopped but as I passed he threw open his little slider and let loose. Sometimes this city is unbelievable.
    I think we have it pretty good here, as far as bus drivers go.

    I commute carless - sometimes bike, sometimes bus, and a mix of both.

    I have always been given a very wide berth while cycling.

    And when riding the bus, I see drivers slow behind other cyclists (because of narrow shoulder - and double yellow/no-lane to move over) and wait as long as it takes to pass safely. And when they do, I'll often see them give a friendly wave.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I have never had issues with any city buses in places I've lived but school bus drivers are an entirely different ballgame. I have never encountered a more clueless bunch of hacks. And they entrust the lives of dozens of children to these people?

    It's not like they have ever been intentional jerks to me on the road. I have never had them open their slider to yell at me but they pass like I'm not there, with those mirrors dangerously close. Passing on narrow roads in places they shouldn't, crowding me out of a narrow lane and pinching me into the grass when oncoming traffic forces them over before they completed the pass. I try to time my rides for when the school buses are off the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    Seen anything like this on the market?
    No, but I`m not very up on that kind of stuff, so don`t give up hope. With as many people running systems like BMc`s, you`d think somebody would optomize a product specifically for that. Maybe soon?

    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    The second one because I started asking him about the laptop issue and that is a bit of a touchy subject since that officer ran down that pedestrian.
    I caught that. We had a cyclist run right over by a deputy in my neighborhood about two years ago. They`re definitely "touchy" about it, never released the official report of exactly who was where and what happened, which I`d really like to know since I ride that road frequently.

    Although the cops around here haven`t been of much use for car V bike incedents, I`m glad that most of them aren`t over anxious to give me crap whether on the bike or off. Actually, they`ve cut me breaks on occasion when they could have cited me. Hope things go a different way and they chill out for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I have never had issues with any city buses in places I've lived but school bus drivers are an entirely different ballgame....

    ...I have never had them open their slider to yell at me but they pass like I'm not there, with those mirrors dangerously close. Passing on narrow roads in places they shouldn't, crowding me out of a narrow lane and pinching me into the grass when oncoming traffic forces them over before they completed the pass.
    That`s my biggest threat too, exactly the same issue! While getting stuck behind them when they load is irritating, I understand and can deal with it. But I dont get why they have such a thing for buzzing me at high speed. Really, they`re worse than lifted pickups, commercial trucks, sports cars and all the other usual suspects, and I can`t fathom why.
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    Last night I spotted this strange amber icicle while I cycled. Strange in color and also because there are no other icicles around. Sap sourced? The tree is quite dead though.
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    Last night riding home in the dark, I got buzzed 3 times and honked at twice riding along a straight bit of road with no shoulder I was over as far to the right as possible but I suppose it's just part of the game, still not very pleasant.

    Commute this morning was wet. It had stopped actually raining but the spray off the road demonstrated very clearly that I could use some fenders. Anybody got any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeus2112 View Post
    Yep, I use a bar end mirror as well. Mainly looking to buy a dvr and a camera for up front and one in back. This is the closest thing I have seen on the market. I've played with hacking together some different parts, but I'd rather buy a complete solution.
    You could probably get your hands on a used GoPro or similar device cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatson View Post
    Last night riding home in the dark, I got buzzed 3 times and honked at twice riding along a straight bit of road with no shoulder I was over as far to the right as possible but I suppose it's just part of the game, still not very pleasant.

    Commute this morning was wet. It had stopped actually raining but the spray off the road demonstrated very clearly that I could use some fenders. Anybody got any recommendations?
    Planet bike Cascadia are are working fine on both my cross bike and 26" commuter.

    I took a road bike this morning. Fast! Probably one of the last times it comes out to play this year. I hate toe covers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    ....Although the cops around here haven`t been of much use for car V bike incedents, I`m glad that most of them aren`t over anxious to give me crap whether on the bike or off. Actually, they`ve cut me breaks on occasion when they could have cited me...

    That`s my biggest threat too, exactly the same issue! ,,, But I dont get why they have such a thing for buzzing me at high speed. Really, they`re worse than lifted pickups, commercial trucks, sports cars and all the other usual suspects, and I can`t fathom why.
    Yeah the cops have done rolling stops at the same time I did on the bike. No talk, no ticket.

    I time it to avoid then if I can. The passing on the blind hill and stopping to do a long off load 3/4 of the way up was a pisser. So I gave the driver a piece of my mind. He suggested I file a complaint. I did not, and we seem to have an understanding. Though I haven't put him in the same situation since. Posted the incident here some time go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Last night I spotted this strange amber icicle while I cycled. Strange in color and also because there are no other icicles around. Sap sourced? The tree is quite dead though.
    Ooh that's cool. How long has the tree been dead? they will hold a lot of moisture and slowly drain it if they're sitting at an angle like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Ooh that's cool. How long has the tree been dead? they will hold a lot of moisture and slowly drain it if they're sitting at an angle like that.
    I don't know, I was just judging by the appearance, but your explanation must be right.

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    So have only ridden once this week so far (and hating myself for it since my commute is so much shorter now)... So the ride in the morning was nice, warm enough at 35* to wear my merino wool base layers under my jersey and shorts and then just double up my gloves. However, got almost "merged" into twice. Once was while I was headed to work and coming up on my normal open "yield" turn. I had just gotten through a light within traffic and doing about 25mph when a white van suddenly appears next to me in the bike lane, to the point where I had to put my hand on the window to keep myself from over correcting. Of course the driver was completely oblivious until I yelled at her. The other time the person was coming off the off-ramp right by my office and inadvertently went into the bike lane with the nose of her car. She saw me coming and tried to put it in reverse but someone had pulled up behind me and she mouthed "Sorry!!!" as I rode by. First nice encounter I have had in a while.

    So it ended up raining all day off and on, and when I left work it was sprinkling a bit but the roads were pretty wet. I did alright on the way home but going along my normal route I hit a good street that was well light with Christmas Lights. While enjoying the lights down the street I could see red and blue flashing at the very end, and thought "That's cool someone put up one of those Santa cop cars." Well not so much, as I got to the end of the street I found out that it was actually a Santa SWAT truck and the street was blocked off. Apparently a homeowner called the COPS and said that he had buried dynamite in his walls and for them to "come find it."... so it made for an interesting ride home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Last night I spotted this strange amber icicle while I cycled. Strange in color and also because there are no other icicles around. Sap sourced? The tree is quite dead though.
    I'd bet the color is due to tannins from the wood with its apparent age. I doubt there's any sap left. It looks like it's been there awhile, so the wood will be partially rotten, and spongy that it absorbs a lot of water, that will leach tannins. It probably got below freezing slowly, so moisture draining out of it picked up the tannins and didn't freeze until it dripped out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Last night I spotted this strange amber icicle while I cycled. Strange in color and also because there are no other icicles around. Sap sourced? The tree is quite dead though.
    Taste it?

    Is it all natural and organic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I have never had issues with any city buses in places I've lived but school bus drivers are an entirely different ballgame. I have never encountered a more clueless bunch of hacks. And they entrust the lives of dozens of children to these people?

    It's not like they have ever been intentional jerks to me on the road. I have never had them open their slider to yell at me but they pass like I'm not there, with those mirrors dangerously close. Passing on narrow roads in places they shouldn't, crowding me out of a narrow lane and pinching me into the grass when oncoming traffic forces them over before they completed the pass. I try to time my rides for when the school buses are off the road
    Geez around here the city transit buses get pretty aggresive, and are know to leave very little room when passing a bike.

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    Close one, Greg! Slapping at the door/kicking it works I m told.

    12 stitches out today. 75% of the scabs off. New helmet, tires , pedals here tomorrow, or Monday. Bill on helmet to keep forehead off pavement if there is a next time? And Yellow. Figure it will help me be seen at 7' in the air when on the tops. Shimano 2-way pedals as the Wellgos don't seem to wear well in the clicking in and out department.

    The shoulder and left hand need work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Close one, Greg! Slapping at the door/kicking it works I m told.

    12 stitches out today. 75% of the scabs off. New helmet, tires , pedals here tomorrow, or Monday. Bill on helmet to keep forehead off pavement if there is a next time? And Yellow. Figure it will help me be seen at 7' in the air when on the tops. Shimano 2-way pedals as the Wellgos don't seem to wear well in the clicking in and out department.

    The shoulder and left hand need work.

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    Take the shouldr very seriously...from ROM, stretching and strength perspectives.

    Consider also a helmet with ear flaps, and least for the winter, maybe even full coverage if it gets cold enough, the protection far exceeds a "standard bike helmet.

    Snowboard Helmets | evo

    Just some examples...check out a full coverage as well, in winter with the right googles you will be just fine.

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    A lovely commute, as always. A brisk 15 degrees this morning, warmed up to 35 or so for the ride home...causing a bit of sweat heading up the hill. Got honked at yesterday for the first time in a while, of course I was just riding on the road, while he didn't even have a plate on his car. Doesn't bother me. I like riding in my little town.

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    With the exception of having to walk the last mile or so home due to a flattening tire, it hasn't been too bad lately. It really irks me that no one here cleans up after car accidents so there is glass, plastic bits and other assorted debris all along the road. They push it out if the main lanes of travel onto the shoulder where I ride and then into the tire. I've had more flats in the last 6 months than I did in a year in Portland. Then again, the accumulated wear on the tires probably plays a role.

    Going to mount the studded tires that showed up this week over the weekend as they're finally forecasting some snow. . We'll see if I'm so enthusiastic after it does snow.

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    My commute today was pretty regular. Except for the addition of Shimano 540s and my o'-so-comfortable Chrome Midway Pro's I got Thursday and last Saturday, respectively.

    I read many a horror story about SPD pedals/shoes and thought I may be in over my head. Turns out, I've taken to them quite easily. I love it. Seems to be working a whole other set of muscles in my legs. Good stuff.
    Salsa Casseroll SS.

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    Helmet (not yellow but with red and white blazes) arrived, new tires, pedals (one sided) and I picked up new shorts, gloves and tubes at the LBS. Helmet light wire broken even though cables wire tied. Strange. Pectoral/shoulder improved most of the way back, right hand, too. New jacket, jerseys, and some under layers are here.

    Trying out Soma's Panaracer made, 'New Express with HyperTex casing (stronger and more flexible than Kevlar) for a smooth ride and dependable, long lasting on urban roads.

    Soma New Xpress Special Edition 700c - Folding Bead

    Replacement for Kevlar belted Panaracer Tourguards.

    I still have Tourguards in 28C as spares.

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    ^^ Nice! Did you get the pink Soma's? They look like they'd have the best daytime visibility.

    Way to go iamJ4Ron!

    Stay safe in the snow, Spatialized. Mounting my snows too, might be a week early, will be warmer after 1" snow tonight, but I had the time for some bike maintenance this weekend.

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    Can't wait for tomorrow, 4 inches of snow and sleet tonight changing to rain tomorrow...should be sloppy. The best part is the looks from the zombies in their cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ^^ Nice! Did you get the pink Soma's? They look like they'd have the best daytime visibility.
    *** The homophobes around here would head for those like bulls seeing red flags. These would help night visibility:

    Soma New Xpress Reflective 700c Tires

    Panaracer made tires with reflective stripes are uncommon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    *** The homophobes around here would head for those like bulls seeing red flags.

    BrianMc

    How would the haters feel about having their ass beat by a guy in tights with pink tires? I say go for it. Straight against hate.

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    started packing up to head to Indy for the holidays. planning to do the Polar Bear ride with the mayor on Jan 5 on my commuter.

    I'll be car-topping both the mtb and the commuter, with a soft rooftop bag between the bike carriers. I have Thule Sidearm carriers and have been considering how to best handle the commuter. Options are to remove the front fender, or not. I was looking checking things out earlier and it looks like I might be fine using the carrier and just pressing the fender down a few mm onto the tire. There's not much clearance there and it looks like the fender would be fine doing so. But I wouldn't be able to get the hook of the sidearm all the way to the fork. If I pulled the fender off, I'd be able to do that.

    Do y'all have any suggestions about it? I haven't car-topped this bike before.

    Also looks like I ought to look into some studded tires soon. Sub-freezing daytime temps after some rain are likely to mean ice. I won't be commuting anywhere immediately so I'll be able to postpone that purchase for a little while, though.

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    Stingy. 20mph sleet on the cheeks!

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    15 F. Snow the night before. Ice all over the place. My lights crapped out on me. Definitely my first icey commute since I've been up here at Texas tech.

    And for some reason I wanna go back out there! perhaps it has to do with this final I'm about to take....

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    Nice 2-3" of snow this night, but unfortunately temperature didn't dropped down under 0.3°, so it's starting to melt down from car tracks and other city sloppy seconds... Gonna get slush instead of fine white powder on my commute tomorrow morning
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Nice 2-3" of snow this night, but unfortunately temperature didn't dropped down under 0.3°, so it's starting to melt down from car tracks and other city sloppy seconds... Gonna get slush instead of fine white powder on my commute tomorrow morning
    Ditto - I got a few slush baths on the way in and still no hot showers at work. But I have some new pedals so it's all good. Nice big platforms for the commuter to replace the cheap ones I smashed in my crash.

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    Commute this morning was good, a little brisk ~25F and a decent cross wind. I'm jealous of you guys getting snow, it's still nothing but rain around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    How would the haters feel about having their ass beat by a guy in tights with pink tires? I say go for it. Straight against hate.
    *** I think that after a V10 Ram with mudders has gone over me I won't have a lot of fight left in me. There is also a fair amount of meth about. So add brainless into the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Do y'all have any suggestions about it? I haven't car-topped this bike before.
    I've got a Thule rack (hitch-mount, not car-top) and I just ratchet the arm down over the top of my fender (Planet Bike Cascadia), pinning the fender between the arm and the wheel. It only pushes it down a small amount and does not seem to cause any damage.

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    28 degreees... but "feels like" 23. What does that even mean?

    Should have gone to the lobster gloves this morning. I'm still being stubborn and holding out with the 'level 2' gloves. Got a bit tingly.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    I've got a Thule rack (hitch-mount, not car-top) and I just ratchet the arm down over the top of my fender (Planet Bike Cascadia), pinning the fender between the arm and the wheel. It only pushes it down a small amount and does not seem to cause any damage.
    I have the same fenders. Good deal. Will save the irritation of finding space inside for the removed fender. It'll be at a premium.

    Forecast on my security system suggested a morning low of 25 today but my backyard weather station says it actually got down to 36. That is a pretty substantial difference. I finally found my full fingered gloves last night thankfully

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    Dec 10.....less than 8 hours of daylight until jan31....

    Lots of vitamin D.

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    Freaking awesome commute today! Mid twenties, fresh powder, silence. Amazing! We finally got some good snow here in Anchortown over the weekend and I purposefully did not ride at all this weekend as my legs were telling me they needed a rest. So this morning was a wonderful treat. We got just a bit of fresh snow over what fell on Saturday night, there weren't many tracks out, and I was able to really enjoy the ride today. Great times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    started packing up to head to Indy for the holidays. planning to do the Polar Bear ride with the mayor on Jan 5 on my commuter.
    How did your defense go?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Panaracer made tires with reflective stripes are uncommon.
    Just going by what`s caught my own eye, I think reflective sidewalls are getting more common in a hurry- more manufacturers getting on that bandwagon.

    Side note: Did you know that Panaracer is part of Panasonic? That might be a "Duh!" kind of statement, but I just recently figured it out!

    Quote Originally Posted by mcscars View Post
    Definitely my first icey commute since I've been up here at Texas tech.

    And for some reason I wanna go back out there! perhaps it has to do with this final I'm about to take....
    Ice can be fun some times. Finals I don`t think have ever been described as "fun", so that makes sense
    Good luck with both.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    How did your defense go?
    I have a thread up in OC with a vid and some pictures I used in my defense. In short, I did well. I have some revisions to the document to make, but I have until January to get them finished. I'm headed to Indy for a few weeks through the holidays, and then I'm going to come back to TX for a week to personally deliver everything. I think it would probably not cost much different to do that than to ship the 1,000+ pages of multiple printed copies overnight with signature and all that.

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    A lot of sucking and heavy breathing this morning. Threw on a new chain last night, the old one measured due but not overdue, and of course it worked perfectly in the stand but chainsuck hit before I even left my yard. Thinking maybe I had not effectively removed the factory grease & relubed, I went back in for a touch up, but it did not really help. It worked fine in the middle ring, so I went with that the whole way.

    We only got 1/2" of snow overnight, plus some ice, but it was raining the whole way. I was glad I violated my usual anti-clammy rainpant stance, they are worthwhile at 33F in slush and rain.

    I tried out the Lizard Skins Blizzard (part neoprene but fleecy inside) gloves I got for 14.99 off gearscan and was pleasantly surprised that my hands were warm and dry. It was not a downpour, so I hesitate to call them waterproof, but pretty nice for a cold rain. I had taken off the pogies because they'll be too hot this afternoon in the 40's, even without gloves.
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    ^^ How quick is it to remove/install the pogies? Worth it for only a handful of uses in a winter?


    ..and that's a lot of carbide!
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