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    rodar..... I was just putting the numbers on my excel table and although my average time wasn't lowered a lot (just 2 min) because I really lower the speed after the race, I realized that my average cadence came up from 70 to 80.

    I really don't understand the thing yet btw (cadence), I'm just writing down the numbers for when I do...or someone in the commuting forum explain it to me

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    Wet again..... and funyun-y
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    Rainy and no Funyons. Friday- good. This week was far from the worst, but it`s been relatively crappy both at work and at home, so I`ll be glad to put it behind me.

    Martin, somebody here might be able to explain what you want to know about cadence, but I really don`t seem to hear as much about it in mtb context as I hear on the roadie and recumbent sites. I`m sure the same principles apply, but maybe it`s harder to maintain in a mountain bike environment? If you don`t find what you`re looking for on commuting, I`d try the "Endurance Racing" or "XC Racing and Training" subforums, or even ask on a more road oriented site.
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    cadence...
    I am no real expert and have never measured mine. Apparently, something like 80 to 100 rpm is highly efficient, once you get the feel for spinning smoothly.

    On trails it is often difficult to maintain a steady cadence, just because the ground is not steady.

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    Yep, and even though you can't maintain road cadences on the trail, the smoother pedal stroke you have, the less likely you are to spin out on a difficult section like on wet roots or rocks.

    Rodar, hope next week looks better all around. If life is a bowl of cherries, why do I I have the funyons?

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    Mmmm. Cherry Funyons.
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    As we have not had they coldest winter but in no means warn.
    It has been one of the snowiest. We have not seen bare ground since December 5th 2009.
    So far my 2010 Commuter Miles is 654 miles
    All of which is done on a Fixed Bianchi San Jose Singlespeed.
    If you want to improve your cadence and make your pedal stroke smooth and ROUND ride a Fixed gear.

    The Your Mountain biking will improve due to a better pedal stroke. Now I'm not saying ride your Mountain Bike Fixed but get on the road on a fixed to help you learn to spin.
    Depending on where you live. My Gearing started on a 42x17 with a 700x32 tire.

    Cadence computer will help but its amazing how lazy I was by coasting.

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    Waiting on the tsunami! No bicycle commuting today.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Waiting on the tsunami! No bicycle commuting today.....
    I wondered about you out there when they interrupted the Olympics coverage to talk about the quake and tsunami. Stay safe & check back in afterwards - sounds like a good call not to bike today!

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    My Ride to Work was Better than this guy in the Ford Pickup.
    This must of happen right before I got to the Intersection.
    Firetrucks and police were not on the seen yet.

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    Yikes, Normbilt, glad you didn't leave a little earlier. Looks like dos autos menos.

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    Did that occur to you when you saw Martin`s signature right below the picture? I wonder if he was thinking that when he posted such a cryptic little message
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Did that occur to you when you saw Martin`s signature right below the picture? I wonder if he was thinking that when he posted such a cryptic little message
    Yes, exactly...and didn't know whether to quote Martin or Norm so didn't quote either.

    D-oh! Watching the Olympics & the ski tech guy just forgot to take off the ski-pair-tie-thingy when he gave his xc racer a new pair & they wouldn't go!!

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    you guys....you know I didn't mean that!....but yes! two out!

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    car ride today...woke up late...I really need to get serious waking up Monday mornings...I can recall two other times this year...and I just killed the possibility of another perfect week.

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    ^ Ouch.

    Today was Sun Day! The first day of the year when the sun comes up in full force during my commute and I get to bask in the orange glow. 28 degrees never felt so warm. This day makes the whole winter worth it.

    ...then we set the clocks ahead and it's dark again for another few weeks, but still...
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    Good commute. I passed another cyclist and he tailed me until he arrived at his destination. Unless one asks, or there is a headwind, drafting angers me. It is like bringing tail gating to the commute, though I'm trying to view it as my helping a fellow cyclists get to work a little faster....

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Good commute. I passed another cyclist and he tailed me until he arrived at his destination. Unless one asks, or there is a headwind, drafting angers me. It is like bringing tail gating to the commute, though I'm trying to view it as my helping a fellow cyclists get to work a little faster....

    I have drafted and been drafted doesn't bother me......

    Unless the drafter doesn't bother to talk and be freindly...

    That is the huge advantage of a bike, you can easily say hello and talk, that makes the drafting fun and safe....

    If I have drafted someone I always tell them thanks for the pull.....

    Course it is up to the guy who can still talk to do the talking...

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    ^^ I would be stoked to see another cyclist on my commute. It has only happened a couple of times in the 5 years I've been riding to work here. I think I totally agree...a silent drafter would irritate me, someone to chat with would be cool.
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    Being social is the important part to me. I do rock out to tunes, which might impact the experience negatively.

    I went for a road ride on Sat. with my fixed 26" mtb and slicks and ran into a guy doing SS on an old SS 26" mtb, which is really pretty random chance and he didn't seem happy to talk to me. I hate with cyclists are boners.

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    Wet Wet Wet!! I changed my rear cog to 12t way more useable speed!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy

    I need to scout it still, but there might be a section of pulled-up railroad line that I can take to cut from the bike path to the rural road... from what I could see it was all that giant gravel that's not really gravel but more like rocks...would be horrible on the 'cross bike, possible on the MTB. If it's just that stuff for a short section by the road, then I'm all over it. But if the the whole thing is like that it's not worth it. It would be 3/4 of a mile or so.

    I scouted this out this weekend in the Jeep. It's do-able, and it includes an old abandoned railroad bridge about 40 feet above the river... railroad ties spaced about 24" apart with nothing under them...so you're looking down between your feet at green water 40 feet below...I'll have to shoulder the bike and step carefully in my SPD shoes. Should add some adventure to the ride home
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    Cloudy. Mid-30s coming in. Low 40s going home. Not bad, if not a little warm (or not warm enough).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I scouted this out this weekend in the Jeep. It's do-able, and it includes an old abandoned railroad bridge about 40 feet above the river... railroad ties spaced about 24" apart with nothing under them...so you're looking down between your feet at green water 40 feet below...I'll have to shoulder the bike and step carefully in my SPD shoes. Should add some adventure to the ride home
    OK, have fun, but if you don't show up here, we'll know where to send them to look. I can see the report now:

    Missing Person Report
    Name: Commuter Boy
    Last Seen: Old RR bridge over a green river
    Home address: Somewhere in the CA Sierras

    What do you mean you can't find him???

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    Well the bike wouldn't fit through the gaps, so it should still be on the bridge if I fall through... just look downstream from the bridge you find the bike on.
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    Back to the commute, had sun for the first3/4 of the way there today and it was in the 40's and mid 30's on the way home, felt great. Second flat of the year, same spot, think I got it out this time. Had a skunk try to out run me for about 100 yards, wouldn't let me pass.

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    my ride to the office was great, first morning of sunshine in a long time here in Belgium, its amazing how cycling into a sunrise can set you up for a great day at work !..... roll on summer ;-)
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    ^^ Amen to that. This morning it was rainy, but I happened to have the camera with me yesterday, and I stopped and snapped a pic when I realized that it was going to be the first day of sunshine after the long winter. Then I took my new cool rickety bridge route home (OK maybe it's more like 30' above the water, but still). Yesterday was a seriously epic commuting day

    The first pic is the sunrise I earned after riding in the freezing cold and dark for 4 months.

    The second two are part of my new favorite route home. I didn't realize how stale my commute was getting. An extra 4 miles and some new sights makes the whole thing new again.
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    CB, that looks like a neat new route, nice find. I wonder when they pulled up the rails? I bet your chances of seeing anyone else commuting are going from slim to none.

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    hey CB...you don't have to walk there!... you can ride your 28c tires on the edge of that bridge!

    It would be great to build your own path there ... like with the pieces on the first pic
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    Wet yet again.....it was a fun commute none the less I buzzed a crackhead on the way in.... I got to work and changed out my 12t cog and put on my 14t cog which seems to be perfect for my town!
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    Man, some of your guys' pics and commute stories are sweet! I I've been commuting for 3.5yrs to work on my Jamis Boss, 7 speed, rear brake bike with a rack and rear pegs and about 80 stickers. I only commute about 1/8mile to work, but rain, snow or sun I'm on the bike. I have a subaru but it's only used for travel. I LOVE riding my bike at night in the snow storms coming home from work! It's so relaxing!

    Happy trails!

    BTW, my commute was great 830am sun in my face, on the bike path drinking a smoothie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    hey CB...you don't have to walk there!... you can ride your 28c tires on the edge of that bridge!

    It would be great to build your own path there ... like with the pieces on the first pic

    I'm thinking when I get the new 29er done, I can just hit it with a ton of speed and skip right over the tops of those gaps.

    MTBX, this rail line was actively used when I was in Jr. High...they quit using it when I was in high school, and pulled up the rails maybe 10 years ago. It connected the local sawmills with the outside world. The local mills started shutting down and there was no more need for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I'm thinking when I get the new 29er done, I can just hit it with a ton of speed and skip right over the tops of those gaps.

    MTBX, this rail line was actively used when I was in Jr. High...they quit using it when I was in high school, and pulled up the rails maybe 10 years ago. It connected the local sawmills with the outside world. The local mills started shutting down and there was no more need for it.
    CB, are you located in central Oregon or NorCal? I see ponderosa pines and volcanic rock formations in your photos. Maybe northern AZ or NM? Great commute, very jealous.

    I get to ride in the city with impatient drivers and hipsters breaking every law of traffic and common sense. Man, do I sound like a grumpy old man, when did that happen.
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    Great weather in Oregon today. Nice dry ride for the second day in a row, but the rain is coming later today. Last night with about 100' to go the bracket at the top of my seat post broke so I spent an hour last night rigging it with bolts and washers. I need my old bike to hang on for another two weeks until I get the new bike together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    CB, are you located in central Oregon or NorCal? I see ponderosa pines and volcanic rock formations in your photos. Maybe northern AZ or NM? Great commute, very jealous.
    Northern enough NorCal that it might as well be oregon. We get all the benefits of living in Oregon, plus we get to pay sales tax!
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    I've been noticing an increase in the amount of bike commuters lately. It's probably the nice weather (minus the rain we keep getting); today it's supposed to reach 70 degrees (only to cool back down by the end of the week). I passed a girl today whom I've seen before, but I couldn't catch up to a guy whom I haven't seen before. Both were headed to the university campus. Lots of cyclists on my little 3 mile stretch I'm guessing I'll see more until it starts to get hot.

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    Allright! Lots of action today on the daily ride thread!

    CB, I love your new route. I think Martin was suggesting you ride the side rails- If you try it, please get somebody to video your North Shore action.

    Buzzing crackheads, sucking Funyons, tsunamis, man- some people get all the fun!

    Howdy, Cutup! How `bout some pictures of your bike? Though I`ve never owned a Jamis, I`m kind of a fan, but I don`t think I`ve seen a Boss before. I`ll have to google one up and see what it`s about.

    RA, how long do you expect before your commutes start roasting? Does your morning commute get nasty-hot too? I take it a lot of people start to leave their bikes at home in lieu of air conditioning in the Summer?
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    I saw another rider on my commute today. After work, I took a detour by the convenience store, which means I come into my neighborhood from the other direction and a little bit later. When I was about two blocks out, I saw an mtb plugging up the grade and said hi- the other guy answered and I recognized his voice. He works where I do (used to be my operator when I was still on the presses) and passes by my house to get to his. Since my department changes shifts a half hour before the rest of the plant, my detour had us both riding at the same time. It`s worth noting that the guy I saw is a Summer commuter, so I guess that`s another sign that we`re getting there.

    We were supposed to get rain today and tommorrow. So far, it`s been dry.
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    Pouring rain all morning, so I get on the goggles, gloves and rain jacket. As soon as I hit the road, it stops raining.
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    Feelin' good. Tuesday and second day this week. 37 degrees light rain, Snuck into the faculty locker room to change out of my raingear. Gotta wash my neopreme gloves, my hands smelled like the inside of some stinky ass sneakers, scrubbed em twice and still couldn't get rid of the smell??????????

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    Odor Eaters inside the gloves?
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    Commuterboy, just wondering how that bolt and fender washers worked out for you?

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    ^^ Like a charm. I've done it before, but I lost the stuff. You need to put a couple of nylon washers between the nut and the fender washers (I used a stack of 3 washers) that are actually doing the pressing, so the nut doesn't try to rotate the washers and scratch the heck out of the headset cups. Otherwise just make sure everything is centered, grease the heck out of the insert and the head tube, and crank it into place. I do one side at a time.

    I use baby powder in my wetsuit to get rid of the dead sneaker smell...helps it slide into place when putting it on too.



    Snow for me this morning... pretty cool ride actually. virtually dry ground, but snow falling pretty heavily (dry enough snow that I didn't get wet at all). The sun came up over the horizon and did an upside-down sunset into the cloud bank about 5 minutes later...the entire duration of sunshine we'll get all day, I'm sure. I've never seen orange snow before.
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    yesterday I was having my first commuter birthday! and I didn't remember

    was a normal Tuesday for me... as every Tuesday I add an extra mile to go to Blockbuster and take advantage of their "Martes de 15pesos" (~1$ a movie) took a shower and had dinner in bed with the wife watching the chick flick of the week I rented...it is always a chick flick and other selection for me (as she says: shooting and killing )...even I have mine, I'm amazed how my selection is turning more tender these days...I think I'm just starting to enjoy those movies

    nice and normal cold morning commute today.

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    first ride on the steelwool.
    needs more gearing sprinty's good, but need more speed!
    might even go geard! 1x9? hrmmmm...
    beautiful weather though, crisp air, grumpy people on cheap bikes who keep pulling in front of me at the stoplights when i keep passing them eveyrwhere else.
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    See that, you learn something new everyday,sometimes two things, baby powder hmmm.......Orange snow? I've always heard west coasters were hippies. On my ride I've been catching the sunsets and the same herd of deer every time. One jumped the road about twenty yards in front of me last night.

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    How do I post over there with you guys? I got things all out of order. The posts are going to be off the right side of the page pretty soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    How do I post over there with you guys? I got things all out of order. The posts are going to be off the right side of the page pretty soon.
    ???

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    Yeah I have to go up about a dozen posts to see the most recent. Real pain in the neck cutting the fingers out on these odor eaters.

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    check Display Modes...up right...and select Linear Mode

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    How do I post over there with you guys? I got things all out of order. The posts are going to be off the right side of the page pretty soon.
    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    Yeah I have to go up about a dozen posts to see the most recent. Real pain in the neck cutting the fingers out on these odor eaters.
    You just lost any right to call anyone else a hippie How many moons does your planet have? Fried zucchini punching bunnies cowboy hat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    grumpy people on cheap bikes who keep pulling in front of me at the stoplights when i keep passing them eveyrwhere else.
    Man, I hate that too. If I pass you then I am obviously faster than you so stay in the order that you arrive at the light. Nothing more fun than trying to find a gap between cars to pass someone that you have already passed several times.

    Post up some photos of the Steelwool. They look like nice bikes.
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    I had a similar happening a while back. I didn't pass the guy - I hadn't even made it off campus - but I was sitting at the light to leave campus and some old fat dude pulls up and in front of me. Um, excuse me? You assume that you're faster than me, why, because I'm a woman? (I couldn't really think of any other reason why he'd pull in front of me). He was slow - I should have passed him (I ride fast going home), but he turned off after half a block.

    Rodar, it usually starts heating up pretty good in May. July and August are scorchers (110+ degrees). I would say most commuters will back off about mid-May to June (though I am not sure since I only started commuting last August). The heat doesn't bother me too much on my short commute, so I'll ride through the summer (though I'll be in Idaho Falls for 10 of those weeks and in the Sierra Nevada for 2.5 more this summer). Mornings are usually in the 90s and the sun isn't beating down on you yet, so it's a little cooler (good since it's uphill in the morning! ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    You just lost any right to call anyone else a hippie How many moons does your planet have? Fried zucchini punching bunnies cowboy hat.
    Careful CB, don't you hail from Cascadia? Where all the flower children of the 60's decided to live. Funny thing is that a friend of mine was raised in one of the NorCal communes and is now one of the most conservative guys I know. I suppose rebellion can go both ways.
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    no steelwool pictures yet... today was a bit of a shakedown, not digging the set-up yet (REALLY need wider bars), so no pics till it gets sorted (ish)
    BUT here's the current spec; xtr levers, lx parallel push calipers, steelwool cranks, steelwool headset, litespeed ti bb, black brooks saddle, suzue rear hub laced to 319 rim with WI dingle freewheel, a campy/alex wheel up front, navy blue frame with polished headtube lugs (h-set's the same polish shade as the lugs!) and baby blue bmx grips and a nice silver bell on the bonty satellite bars (for now), schwalbe marathons; cross rear, xr front, solid stainless "window-shatterers" bar-end caps.
    oh... did I mention... xtr cables and housing?
    I'm a horrible tease, I know.

    anywho, it says northstar down by the bb, so I guess it's a northstar touring rig?
    can't find it on their site. no disc mounts, but it's a REALLY nice ride, fit 38 out back and a 40 up front, both with fenders.


    yeah my issue with the leapfroggers is simple... I pass you once, you wanna pass me back, no prob, I get that. but if I can outgun you before we even make it across the intersection away from a dead stop, and KEEP doing it at every light we hit, then don't EVER assume you'll be able to take me.
    gears won't help you, that's grunt doing the job, not the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    yeah my issue with the leapfroggers is simple... I pass you once, you wanna pass me back, no prob, I get that. but if I can outgun you before we even make it across the intersection away from a dead stop, and KEEP doing it at every light we hit, then don't EVER assume you'll be able to take me.
    gears won't help you, that's grunt doing the job, not the bike.
    Am I right thinking you ride in TO? Usually better road manners than that, there. So maybe more than a few spokes shy of a wheelset. Not your great analytical thinkers. Let's see he passed me and...where was I? Oh yeah, he passed me, eh? And...

    I had one do it, then blow through the light past me looking straight ahead and nearly getting hit in the process. A near Darwinian selection incident?

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    yup, I'm in core TO.
    Don't get me wrong, most commuters are great, but there's this odd sub-sect that's just DETERMINED to pull around you at every light.
    I understand why it's done, because you think you're going to have the drop on whoever and sprint off into the sunset, I get that.
    But after 5 or 6 lights and you keep getting smoked and the only reason you even catch up is because I've been stopped at a traffic signal?? *shrug* just don't get it.
    gotta ride you own pace, otherwise you get baited and end up riding into a red light across university avenue

    reminds me of a funny story, the wife was ambling home on her ghetto ss'd lemond.
    little asian dude on a fixie pulls in front of her at the stoplights, light turns green and he takes off, 2 blocks later he's plateau'd, she's drafting him wondering when he's going to pick up speed, he looks behind, sees her and speeds up.
    so she's hitting her stride and having fun (cause 3:1 gears aren't fun to huff around soft-pedalling), he looks back sees her still there and he starts going like mad, legs doing their best 80000rpm impression.
    apparently he kept it up for most of her way home, just killing himself to stay ahead of her.
    she gets home laughing, wondering if she blew some kind of cyclist etiquette or something...

    dude, get a bigger chainring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    no steelwool pictures yet... today was a bit of a shakedown, not digging the set-up yet (REALLY need wider bars), so no pics till it gets sorted (ish)
    BUT here's the current spec; xtr levers, lx parallel push calipers, steelwool cranks, steelwool headset, litespeed ti bb, black brooks saddle, suzue rear hub laced to 319 rim with WI dingle freewheel, a campy/alex wheel up front, navy blue frame with polished headtube lugs (h-set's the same polish shade as the lugs!) and baby blue bmx grips and a nice silver bell on the bonty satellite bars (for now), schwalbe marathons; cross rear, xr front, solid stainless "window-shatterers" bar-end caps.
    Sounds killer and I`ll be waiting for the pictures. I hadn`t heard of Steelwool, so had to search out their site- nice looking frames. I take it you posted about that bike already? I don`t remember seeing the thread.
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    Sunny and nice!

    After only commuting by bike 5 times during January / February, it feels good to be out now that the winter weather is starting to move on out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    yup, I'm in core TO.
    Good. So at least THAT idea isn't evidence I'm crazy. Though no proof of my sanity, either!

    Born & raised 60 miles southeast near The Great One's home town. I agree with Michael Fox, I wasn't red white and blue when the ML was up against the S & S. What a way to end a drought! But I digress...

    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    Don't get me wrong, most commuters are great, but there's this odd sub-sect that's just DETERMINED to pull around you at every light.
    Had me worried if that had become the norm. Idiots, like the poor, will always be with us.

    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    reminds me of a funny story,...she gets home laughing,
    Yeah, she likely challenged his Macho 'Male must precede female' cultural norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    yup, I'm in core TO.
    Don't get me wrong, most commuters are great, but there's this odd sub-sect that's just DETERMINED to pull around you at every light.
    I understand why it's done, because you think you're going to have the drop on whoever and sprint off into the sunset, I get that.
    But after 5 or 6 lights and you keep getting smoked and the only reason you even catch up is because I've been stopped at a traffic signal?? *shrug* just don't get it.
    gotta ride you own pace, otherwise you get baited and end up riding into a red light across university avenue

    reminds me of a funny story, the wife was ambling home on her ghetto ss'd lemond.
    little asian dude on a fixie pulls in front of her at the stoplights, light turns green and he takes off, 2 blocks later he's plateau'd, she's drafting him wondering when he's going to pick up speed, he looks behind, sees her and speeds up.
    so she's hitting her stride and having fun (cause 3:1 gears aren't fun to huff around soft-pedalling), he looks back sees her still there and he starts going like mad, legs doing their best 80000rpm impression.
    apparently he kept it up for most of her way home, just killing himself to stay ahead of her.
    she gets home laughing, wondering if she blew some kind of cyclist etiquette or something...

    dude, get a bigger chainring.
    Pulling in front of, rather than stopping behind other commuters at stop lights, AKA "shoaling." BSNYC posted a picture once where there were so many people shoaling him at an intersection that they were spilling out into the middle of the cross street.

    I have no problem with people being slow, I'm not the fastest cyclist myself but it always amazes me how the slowest are also in the biggest hurry. Once I was on a longish ride to my girlfriend's work to meet her (I think we were going somewhere after work, I forget....) and the entire way this guy on a cruiser (no helmet) was running stop lights, even in front of cops! I would stop at the light, he would blow past me, threading cross traffic and I would catch up to him and smoke him once the light changed. I'd stop at a light and he'd blow past again. Repeat infinitely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Pulling in front of, rather than stopping behind other commuters at stop lights, AKA "shoaling." BSNYC posted a picture once where there were so many people shoaling him at an intersection that they were spilling out into the middle of the cross street.

    I have no problem with people being slow, I'm not the fastest cyclist myself but it always amazes me how the slowest are also in the biggest hurry. Once I was on a longish ride to my girlfriend's work to meet her (I think we were going somewhere after work, I forget....) and the entire way this guy on a cruiser (no helmet) was running stop lights, even in front of cops! I would stop at the light, he would blow past me, threading cross traffic and I would catch up to him and smoke him once the light changed. I'd stop at a light and he'd blow past again. Repeat infinitely.
    Ahhhh!!!! I hate those dudes. They drive me absolutely nuts.

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    Sunny and nice!

    After only commuting by bike 5 times during January / February, it feels good to be out now that the winter weather is starting to move on out.
    Currenly not working but trying to keep commute ready and reduce stress. Tired of sand, grit, icy streets, or the trainer. I can choose to 'commute' in the heat of the day (43 F!) . The Sidis with double socks and booties are toasty and work better than insulated boots! Love the two sided pedals.

    Glorious day and a wonderful ride. Except for one testosterone poisoned teen.

    I try to avoid the hormone-induced stupidity of 'High School just out' time frame, since I can. I forgot why. It was the first nice day for a cruise after school. Crap.

    A young idiot in a pickup with passenger to impress (or to goad him on?) who did not graze me simply because (of the grace of God?) of my dodging about two feet toward the shoulder to avoid the worst of a snow plow damaged piece of pavement where the bridge apron meets the road. No way he had time to adjust his distance. His front bumper was less than a foot from me as I rolled over that spot. I yelled some 'colorful metaphors' into the cracked passenger window (smoking? weed, perhaps?) and we exchanged 'salutes' after he passed. He picked a real good way to get on my bad side.

    Might have been pissed that I did not stop at the stop and wait for him to come by when he was a half mile away. It is a long grade to a 10 % grade leveling some at the sign then the 10% overpass grade with wind behind. I attacked the grade and hit 90% max pulse. He wasn't in a great hurry as I was backing off to drop the pulse, yet he remained in sight for over a mile part of which was 55 zone until he turned and was hidden by buildings. Cruising.

    I knew I could crest the bridge where he'd have a clear line of sight to pass easily and safely but unfortunately for him, a School Bus was oncoming and he had to brake fairly strongly not to hit me and throw me up over his hood and down on the interstate. Bad form in front of a School Bus full of witnesses. I could see and hear him brake hard when he figured out both lanes were occupied. No question he saw the ANSI vest, and three Super flashes and reflective tape, otherwise I'd be a stat. He either has no idea where the right side of the truck is or he tried to hit me. Neither is a good thought.

    Tomorrow I ride earlier.

    Sorry for the long post. Can't afford a therapist!

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    People are morons. Someone on a bike suddenly becomes something to mess with rather than another person. Idiots.

    I'm about to leave on the epic bike path/old train track/rickety bridge/rural two lane ride... but I'm extending it a serious bit... 20 miler with a friend after work. Gotta go change. I love setting out on a nice ride after work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    People are morons. Someone on a bike suddenly becomes something to mess with rather than another person. Idiots.

    I'm about to leave on the epic bike path/old train track/rickety bridge/rural two lane ride... but I'm extending it a serious bit... 20 miler with a friend after work. Gotta go change. I love setting out on a nice ride after work...
    If you have or had a teenager in the house (having been one doesn't count, you've got nothing to compare your brain function to), the study that says the frontal cortex where reasoning resides is not well connected until later in life. Explains a LOT. So you get the "What WERE you THINKING!!!" (Followed by dumb stare.)

    I just hope to survive other people's kids moronic phase. Add in "We'll show him!" fueled by peer pressure and it gets dangerous. Easy to hide. Though they can still get you at home and there is a thread here somewhere proving that.

    Lovely bridge. Funny how a picture comes back and haunts you. It kept crossing my mind. Don't know any contractors who redo decks and have to take a lot of used decking to the dump, do you? Or have scraps of outdoor 3/4 ply? Should be able to ride 2' wide strip down the center and on windy days the walk would be a lot easier.

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    ^^ I'm a high school teacher. Surviving other people's kids moronic phase is what I get paid for The only advantage I have is that most of the potential conflict is avoided because a high percentage of the morons recognize me from school.

    I might do something like that on that bridge. There's 3 or 4 other pieces of 2x8 scrap laying around in addition to what you see in the pic... enough to probably get me 1/2 way across with a (pretty narrow) ridable surface. I wouldn't have to find a ton more wood. It's really no big deal to walk it though...doesn't feel stupid at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    I'm not the fastest cyclist myself but it always amazes me how the slowest are also in the biggest hurry.
    Doesn`t amaze me. The slowest people are the ones who most need to hurry, aren`t they?

    Special Ed, if it`s an advantage for a high school teacher to be recognized away from the school, times sure have changed over the years
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    I might do something like that on that bridge. There's 3 or 4 other pieces of 2x8 scrap laying around in addition to what you see in the pic... enough to probably get me 1/2 way across with a (pretty narrow) ridable surface. I wouldn't have to find a ton more wood. It's really no big deal to walk it though...doesn't feel stupid at least.
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    No commute today.

    Took the day off, helped my parents with some bank business, and went for a trail walk with the dog.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar

    Special Ed, if it`s an advantage for a high school teacher to be recognized away from the school, times sure have changed over the years

    It's only an advantage when the kid about to throw the soda at the dork on the bike realizes that it's his 4th period teacher. Otherwise I'm still generally regarded as the spawn of satan.



    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Just drag some rails back & make a few bike mods:
    Sweet! I could rig up one of those with a cargo box and leave it on the bridge permanently...just use it to transport the other bike across the bridge.
    That would be sweet.
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    need warmer cloths....... Too wet and cold now days!!!
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    Had to drive Monday, also had to take the shorter route a couple of times because I was running late, but it was a good week of commuting over all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    It's only an advantage when the kid about to throw the soda at the dork on the bike realizes that it's his 4th period teacher. Otherwise I'm still generally regarded as the spawn of satan.
    I think when they saw my salt and pepper handle bar mustache and realized they were messing with an adult and not a Junoir High student, I got only the finger and not them stopping to teach me a lesson.


    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Sweet! I could rig up one of those with a cargo box and leave it on the bridge permanently...just use it to transport the other bike across the bridge.
    That would be sweet.
    Scary. Same thought as soon as I saw the pics. 4x4's for rails, 2x 4's on edge won't span as much and more warp prone. Remember, the all bikes weigh 50 pounds mantra? A 50 pound bike won't be stolen though it might get flipped mid span into the drink.
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    Trafficing in Cycling Adrenalin

    Ready for a true 'shaggy dog' story? Two miles from home on the 'commute' today:

    So I'm on my Classic British Light Touring bike trying to stay below 90% max pulse on the last grade a half mile before my 10 minute cool down to rest pulse, and home.

    A street T's from the right 100 feet ahead of me out of a 60's development. A newish Jeep approaches the stop slows and stops at the stop sign (true stops happpen there about 50% of the time but few are at the stop sign, as required by law). Says possible new driver to me.

    I have my front light on, though not in the high mode or flashing. I have an amber Xenon strobe on the helmet front flashing away like a School Bus strobe, and an ANSI Vest lit up like the Vegas Strip by a sun just sneaking under my helmet visor (semi upright so front is visible) which would light the relective tape on the forks as well, and maybe the light weights on the spokes.

    She looks at me, the other way, back right at (through?) me then starts. Having seen this before, and ready just in case, I yelled and braked. She responded to the yell. We both stopped. She before crossing my path. I before crossing hers. (Amazing how well set-up good quality side pulls work so well when there is no ice, snow, or rain, to mess them up. Love the cool stops on the old Universal side pulls.)

    Afterwards I had to smile. Wait for it.. Her Liberty was nearly at my Mercian (http://www.merciancycles.com/), and she let me have my way by her, (Not with: by).

    Good thing the about the preposition 'by' not being the proposition 'with', because being run over would be a WAY better ending than what my spouse would plan for me.

    Loved the cute dumb**s grin when she realized how visible I was.

    Laughter counters adrenaline nicely: no shakes from withdrawal.

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    Yesterday Interesting

    I was riding through oakland and noticed the news copters and thought it was a wreck or something. Then as i was passing under 880 i saw these kids riding bikes on the offramp. Im like WTF? and so went to check it out. When i got to the top of the ramp and on the fwy it musta been a couple minutes after the cops rushed the kids that were on the fwy already. This cop looked at me like he was gonna kick my ass and im like "dude no im not with them i work for Cal*rans and wanted tyo see what was going on and if i could help. The cop gives me this what a tool look and moves in some kids.

    The irony of all this was that these kids were copying some kids @ Davis that tried to shut down 80 by running on the fwy. In the end i have no idea what this does to help the cause of funding universities in the state. If i was to say anything to the kids id say YOUR DOING IT WRONG

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    No commuting yet for me with the bum ankle, but got the OK to go easy 5-15 mins on the trainer... but a beautiful day today, sunny & 40's, so I threw on the flat pedals & drove to the flattest, most scenic bikepath I could think of instead. Soft pedaled along Lake Champlain with views of the NY Adirondacks for an hour and a half, & it felt great to be out.

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    Getting there, Explorer. Bummer to be missing your commute, but at least you managed a bike path. I love bike paths! Maybe because they`re such a novelty for us around here.
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    I did a week long bike tour around the adirondacks this past summer and caught the southern tip of lake champlain, that entire area is gorgeous.

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    The morning was uneventful, mainly packed snow.

    Temps are rising to the freezing/melting point. I may adjust my route a bit to avoid the paths along the bigger streets: they tend to turn into the consistency of mashed potatoes first.

    The way is longer through the park but it is probably easier and faster. Fewer traffic lights too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    I did a week long bike tour around the adirondacks this past summer and caught the southern tip of lake champlain, that entire area is gorgeous.
    Was that the break in ride for your LHT? Do you have an online photo album from the trip, any chance?
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    Perfect conditions today. This morning was sunny and 39, good for shorts and my light jacket with short sleeves underneath. This afternoon will probably be in the low 60s. I may forgo my commute this evening. If the trails are dry, I'll have my wife pick me up and we'll head out to ride off-road for a change, otherwise it will be a beautiful ride home.

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    I'm about to go home...it is sunny and over 85F .. summer is coming.

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    how was my commute?! it was STOMPY!!
    wanna have fun? mess around with geared up single speeders and haul a trailer on a regular basis for months... then slip on some locomotive style tires on lighter wheels and bring a 9-shooter to the gunfights.

    oh, different bars, ultegra flat-bar shifter (looks like a regular xt pod shifter only eet's polished puuuurdy), rack got added, otherwise same as it was.

    went bimmer-hunting, funfun
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    ^^ Wow 85! Hot Last year we did hit 85 F in the summer, but never even hit 90!

    High about 40 today here, short lunch ride in long shorts - yee hah! Headwinds gusty to 25mph on the way out, so I had a speedy easy pedal back to work.

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    We`ve been shivering here. The thermometer is only down slightly from where it`s been, but it`s clammy-damp and windy. Was thinking about going back to shorts last week, but changed my mind.

    Oh, yeah- Nice spokes, Byknuts.
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    Head wind on the way to work. Enough to make a difference. Hope the wind keeps up, so that the way home is effortless...

    ... there's this joke about an old lady who was going to church in her row boat. The wind was against her, so she was praying for the wind to turn.... it did ... by the time she got on her way back home.

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    I`ll have to remember that the next time I find myself rowing to church

    Those kinds of winds that turn around really tick me off. Or maybe they don`t turn around- maybe they`re English winds, driving on the left side of the road. That`s how it is that two guys riding towards each other on the same road can each catch the headwind- they`re riding on the right and the wind blows on the left. I`ll have to consider this possibility in depth someday while I`m battling a headwind opposite the headwind I just battled when I was going the other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    ^^ Wow 85! Hot Last year we did hit 85 F in the summer, but never even hit 90!

    High about 40 today here, short lunch ride in long shorts - yee hah! Headwinds gusty to 25mph on the way out, so I had a speedy easy pedal back to work.
    well the weather is crazy here in MTY...we have very low temps when the north winds get here...so it is very variable during a month, a week or even in the same day...right now we have 59F and the max is predicted to be 88F for today. (at 3:45 pm we reached 90!)

    yesterday, as soon as I left, it drop at least to 74F, very nice as you should know
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    After about a month off, I was finally able to commute again. Given the roads here, I have to commute via sidewalk and bike path. Since we got a ton of snow and the plows pushed it all on the sidewalks, its been pretty impassable; but after a rise in temps, its finally melted enough. Let me tell you, it felt good; I maintained better endurance than I thought, probably b/c the wife and I still did jogs around the neighborhood. Temps were about 60F on my way home, which felt darn good and pretty much perfect for me. Only downside was that there was basically a sheet of sand leftover from the snow, so I had to be alert. It is good to be back.
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    The weather this morning was great. Unfortunately I snapped my chain (again) a mile out from work, and I forgot to bring my cell phone. I walked/scooted my bike to work.

    I'm thinking I need a new chain and a new crank set. It's probably cheaper than just changing my chain rings.

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    Don't know which way the wind was blowing on the way home...
    The TEMPS got me:
    In the morning, I had a nice hard layer of packed snow to roll on. Now, it is no longer hard, but it is not soft enough to cut through either.

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    We got an inch or two of snow over night... I rode the mtb to work, and it was fine as long as I could stay far enough on the shoulder to be in fresh stuff...the tire tracks were a skating rink...apparently it had rained and frozen a bit before the snow started falling. A bit sketchy overall, but not horrible. People in cars looked at me funny. Car traffic was only moving at about 30mph on the highway. I didn't have time to make faces at them...concentrating too hard on keeping my weight centered and avoiding slippery bumps in the bike lane.
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    We're having some crazy weather here. We actually had snow in the valley (and all over the mountains - must go snowboarding before it melts away) yesterday. We haven't had snow here in March since 1992. It was brief and didn't stick around long, but this is the desert! There were some strong winds that blew the storm in yesterday morning - I think I broke 10mph only once riding directly into the wind. The ride home was much nicer as the winds had died down (although a tailwind would have been nice). The high yesteday was 53 degrees - next Tuesday we're looking at a high of 76 degrees. Let the warming begin...

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I picked up more crap in my rear tire, though this time it did not lead to a flat (it penetrated the tire at an angle and did not make it through the inner wall). Some weird pin; not sure exactly what it is. It's 3/4" long with no head and it tapers to what looks like a tiiiny drill bit.
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    Accually Passed a Moped that was "cruisin" the bike lane this morning.....Dude was hitting like 12-15 mph on a flat section of the road. he finnally looked in his mirror and saw that I was tailing him he moved over so I could pass, Nice guy!!
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    Always interesting to see what turns up on the roadside when the snow starts melting. A casual poll of the roadside detritus today found a bevy of littered Bud bottles, followed by a small litter of Labatt's, and a sprinkling of mini-Chardonnays. One of the wine bottles appeared unopened, but I didn't stop and check, being more of a beer fan myself. No treasures yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioActive
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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I picked up more crap in my rear tire, though this time it did not lead to a flat (it penetrated the tire at an angle and did not make it through the inner wall). Some weird pin; not sure exactly what it is. It's 3/4" long with no head and it tapers to what looks like a tiiiny drill bit.
    Must be off a UFO, don't they hide those out in the desert somewhere?

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    70 degrees here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Must be off a UFO, don't they hide those out in the desert somewhere?
    Yup, Area 51. Guess their stash of parts is overflowing from the Test Site into the valley.

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    It was 67 F when I made my grocery run in short sleeves. Ten days ago I returned to swap out the light toque for the bellaklava in sub frezzing temps. Weird, but I like this. It is 59 F now at 10:00 PM, warmer than the warmest part of the any day back to November.

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    So Close...

    On the commute in this morning....3999.3 miles
    I bought the computer last year April or May.

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    ^^ I want a computer that doesn't freak out and reset itself every few months. I finally gave up and took it off. That is sweet. 4000 miles is a big year.

    Yesterday was a trip. Icy mess in the morning...snow overnight, ice everywhere from the freezing rain that came before the snow. By the afternoon it was pushing 50 and dry as a bone... short sleeves for the ride home, and even the dirt road was dry. Gotta love spring in the mountians.

    Last night I finished the new bike build... finished setting up the tires tubeless at 10:30 last night. This morning they were still holding air and everything looked good, but I was too scared to ride it to work...brand new bike, haven't had a 'shake down' run yet, never ridden tubeless...it just seemed like It would have been pushing my luck to ride it. I was seriously tempted though. If I can get a ride in this evening and everything works, I'll be riding in style tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ I want a computer that doesn't freak out and reset itself every few months. I finally gave up and took it off. That is sweet. 4000 miles is a big year.

    Yesterday was a trip. Icy mess in the morning...snow overnight, ice everywhere from the freezing rain that came before the snow. By the afternoon it was pushing 50 and dry as a bone... short sleeves for the ride home, and even the dirt road was dry. Gotta love spring in the mountians.

    Last night I finished the new bike build... finished setting up the tires tubeless at 10:30 last night. This morning they were still holding air and everything looked good, but I was too scared to ride it to work...brand new bike, haven't had a 'shake down' run yet, never ridden tubeless...it just seemed like It would have been pushing my luck to ride it. I was seriously tempted though. If I can get a ride in this evening and everything works, I'll be riding in style tomorrow.
    Once you go tubeless you won't go back. I run tubeless on all my bikes. What set up are you running, ghetto tubeless or did you get a set of tubeless rims and tires. I think most people get frustrated with tubeless because they try to convert non tubeless systems to tubeless. I have always used tubeless rims and tires and haven't had too many issues.

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    I'm going ghetto. WTB speed disc rims (29er) using the Gorilla Tape method with homebrew sealant. I'm jumping in with both feet I read on the internet that this setup works great, so it must be true...
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    I dont know what I was thinking..... Tryed my uphill route with my SS would have done it but it was so cold my lungs and ears were burning.........
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    Did Hawaii boy just say it was cold?
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    Pretty cool ,Simonns. This is going to be my first year with computers on all my rides (I even reset them for the new year), so I`m looking forward to seeing what I end up with for the year. I doubt I`ll hit 4K, but it might be close- I just reached the 600 mark a half hour ago and hope to rack them up a lot faster when the weather gets nice.
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    Is it OK to post my unemployed commute/non-commute?

    Hoping it will be for real, real soon! Thirty miles today. Very good ride. Except for the dogs.

    Today: our first Croci are up along the front walk, peepers were chirping in the wetlands along Sand Creek, and the Red Wing Blackbirds were singing their Tchee-Kerree song. Not even St Pat's yet, and the last snow is just gone. Yet we have strong harbingers of spring! You don't hear those closed up in a glass and steel cocoon. If that weren't enough, the pungent aroma of former fodder filled the air saying: Spring! Of course that sealed away effect is kind of nice for that sort of thing. I thanked the person who invented bike fenders and my open mind to use them. Got in 5 minutes before the thunderstorm hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ I want a computer that doesn't freak out and reset itself every few months. I finally gave up and took it off. That is sweet. 4000 miles is a big year...
    I once got so frustrated at a computer that zeroed out after racking up a lot of road miles that I taped the magnet to the blade of an electric fan, and by morning I had my miles back. The max speed was a m a z i n g!

    Bri - good luck with the paid commute possibilities - and nice timing on the thuderstorm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    I once got so frustrated at a computer that zeroed out after racking up a lot of road miles that I taped the magnet to the blade of an electric fan, and by morning I had my miles back. The max speed was a m a z i n g!
    Cool!
    I have one VDO altimeter that goes from bike to bike as I feel the urge. After one particular ride, I checked the elevation gain and it said something like 7000 ft of climbing for a three hour ride! I liked the idea, but knew there was no way that I had manged so much. On the way back home, I looked in my rearview mirror and realized what had happened- the front wheel was slowly rotating from the wind in the bed of my moving truck, so the altimeter was counting all the truck`s climbing with my own. Since that trailhead is about 4000 ft above the lowest point on my drive....
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    My Garmin 305 broke a few weeks back and had to send it in. Apparently they all have this problem. The USB jack comes lose from plugging in to charge and the battery starts to disconnect on large bumps. They were fast on the repair but I lost a week and half of ridding logs. Standard commute so I guess I can cut and past other days into the log but I like to watch my avg speeds.
    O' I got to ride in on the last snow storm of the year here in NM. Managed to dodge most of the other ones. Course the snow here barely covers the ground and is gone by noon. Next up is the spring winds....yea.
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    Fixing to re-start my commute on Monday...my ankle is a lot better, but not up to the 3.5 mi. uphill to my house, so I will start at the bottom of the hill & pedal the remaining 7 mi to Montpelier. Rode 15 mi today on relatively flat roads and felt good, except when I tried to stand and pedal. Sights included a hand-painted "Troll Crossing" sign, cows, lots of steam from maple sugaring, the tallest monster truck I have ever seen, and a tiny post office the size of 2 outhouses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Fixing to re-start my commute on Monday...my ankle is a lot better, but not up to the 3.5 mi. uphill to my house, so I will start at the bottom of the hill & pedal the remaining 7 mi to Montpelier. Rode 15 mi today on relatively flat roads and felt good, except when I tried to stand and pedal. Sights included a hand-painted "Troll Crossing" sign, cows, lots of steam from maple sugaring, the tallest monster truck I have ever seen, and a tiny post office the size of 2 outhouses.
    Putting weight on that ankle and hammering probably won't be easy for awhile but it's good to hear that you're back on the bike!
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    Good to be back! I also enjoyed my first commute without studded tires, so it felt smooth & speedy on the all season knobbies. A little messy, following yesterday's mix of snow & then rain, and still a lot of grime on the roads. I am considering extending my p.m. commute today to about 19mi by not taking the bus, since I won't be pedaling up my hill. We'll see what the weather does, how my ankle feels & when it gets dark now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Good to be back!
    Good to see you back.
    I LOVE that postal outhouse! I suppose you could get in a lot of nice scenery with the extra flat miles you`re thinking about adding on until you feel up to climbng again.

    Yesterday was a lucky combination of day off, wife off, and some really nice weather. Rather than let that be enough, we loaded up our tandem and drove to STILL NICER weather in Sacramento (sunny and forecasted high of 68F) to ride their unbeatable river path. Forgot the camera, but had what might turn out to be the best "two-gether" ride of the year. For those familiar with it, we road from near the Watt bridge, up the North side of L Natomas, lunch in Folsom, then back down the South side and back to the car- it took us almost five hours, but we still made it back before it got dark on us.
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    ^^ sounds sweet. I had to promise the wife that a total teardown/paint job/rebuild of her mtb was next on the bike agenda. Hopefully we'll get some good rides in this summer.

    My commute today was dark...again. Brutal dealing with the time change after that couple of weeks of sunlight in the mornings. It's like January all over again, every year. I did have my newly completed mountain bike to ride, which was a good motivator. Ironing out shifting issues, preliminary cable stretch, etc. Need to throw it back on the stand when I get home and adjust the low limit screw... these are better things to think about than how dark it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I had to promise the wife that a total teardown/paint job/rebuild of her mtb was next on the bike agenda.
    Pack it up and send it South. I hear Monterey (NL, not CA) is the world capital of frame refinishing and wifemoblie blinging.
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    ^^Hahaha good one R&R! Sounds like a fine idea. Your river ride sounds great, esp with the sunshine.

    As you suggested, I kept my eye out for noteworthy scenery on the extended ride today. My favorite was this "stairway to heaven" cut into the ledge at the cemetery. Also saw a sign of spring - water (instead of ice jams) and 2 mallards in the river.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    As you suggested, I kept my eye out for noteworthy scenery on the extended ride today. .
    Love your pics. Glad you're back. Now I'll have to reroute to get some nice ones in return.

    About 49 F with a 10 mph N.W wind gusting to 20. Hurts after nearly 70 on Wednesday.

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    Just took my new (to me) bike in to work for the first time today. Its about a 4-5 click ride along the Bow River, with a final decent climb at the end that, sadly, I had to walk for the last 20 feet or so. Legs were totally spent.

    Nice to note that given where I park the ride is not significantly longer than the drive.

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    Cold this morning, or for what I wore anyways. Before I left the house it was 32F, but as I drove to a parking lot down the hill it dropped to 26F. That 4" of bare skin between the baggy knickers and skisocks (stylish, I know) was a bit chilly & my hands were too. Now it is clearbluesky & 60F! A little jealous of the roadies who went out at lunch but couldn't keep up with them on a good day anyways. Biking from work 15mi to a ski-town Waitsfield to hear a friend play at the pub, then surf her couch & back to work in the a.m. from there. Nice variety pack on the commute this week.

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    Fair-weather commuting began again in for me this morning. The old bones creaked a little when I asked them to move so early in the morning, but I felt great by the time I got to work.

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    I've extended the ride the last couple of days on the new bike. Good stuff. I've almost forgotten about the time change and the dark mornings due to the joy of a new bike.

    I think I have all the bugs worked out, now it's just about enjoying the thing and tweaking the set-up.

    MTBX, did you get that 'cross bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy

    MTBX, did you get that 'cross bike?
    Not yet, but trying to figure out a weekend that works as I was just drooling over it earlier today. They live near the velodrome in PA & I want to go to see the races with them, but those don't start til June & I'm thinking I want to get the bike before then.

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    Hard to stop and smell the roses when they haven't leafed out. However the croci are up wherever people have used chicken wire to keep them safe from squirrels.




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    Hey guys! I see you were having fun!

    MTBX is back and CBoy is enjoying the new ride... that's great!

    I was a little busy this weekend...I moved my blog to the trusty and cheapy wordpress...did some errands with the wife and went to Mcallen because she flew from there to Tenerife today, yes, I'm wifeless again...and this time for two months ... it sucks... but she needs to be there for a while...she is going to try to get her Spanish Nationality.

    On the other hand, since I knew that, I was able to avoid getting her white shoes and bought a couple of things for the pugs instead which btw is on the PC shop and will probably get it tomorrow.

    From Mcallen I also brought the super tourist rack and the bar-end beacons (which were a pain to install btw)...so tomorrow is pannier day!

    ahh and I also add some reflective tape from HD! will post pic later on the proper thread

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    Cold in the morning. Colder than expected. Unusually cold: -19 C (-2F) when I took the dog out; about -17C (2F) when I got on the bike... Should be much warmer in the afternoon.

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    @ Martinsillo: ???
    Tenerife is somewhere in Spain? Hang in there while she`s gone- I know it`s rough.

    I just looked quickly at your new blog- very nice. It seems more navigation friendly than the old version. You didn`t take out all the commuting tips, did you? Also, congrats on your metric C. If you posted that here, I didn`t see it.
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    yeah rodar...Spain.

    about the blog, yeah, I was trying to go for that, mobileme (mac system) wasn't what I expected, I'm running the two months trial and won't go for it so, I did some research and went for wordpress.

    Yeah, the commuting tips are there and now people can also comment on them in the same page, which is nice. I did my first commuting metric C with the Trurly a few days ago...thanks!
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    I almost just got pitched over the bars on the morning commute...

    I was back on the 'cross bike after a few days on the new 29er (don't want to wear the michelins down on the pavement too bad). So I'm overly confident descending my pothole infested dirt road in the dark, because the 9er just eats up the bumps and dips. 90psi on a rigid bike...not so much. On top of that it's darker than it has been because of cloud cover.

    So I'm going a little too fast to pick a very smooth line through the pothole minefield (downhill) and this horribly inconsiderate person has the nerve to DRIVE up the road while I'm biking on it. How lame, right? Anyway, now I have the complication of headlights in my face, and less than half of the right side of the road to work with...well right when I got up to the car, at that moment when you actually can't see anything, just before you pass each other, I HAMMERED what had to have been the biggest pothole on the road. My two-bolt stem lost its grip on my bullhorn bars, producing a sickening squeeking slipping sound (bars rotated down maybe 10 degrees), my weight shifted forward, and I distinctly remember my rear wheel returning to the ground well after the pothole, which it never hit...I was about one thousandth of a second from hitting the ejector button, but somehow I came out on top of the bike and didn't go down. I coasted it out to the bottom of the hill, where I discovered that I had also thrown a chain, and my superflash taillight had gone from blink mode to solid mode, probably out of fear. I think that's the superflash equivelant of peeing your pants.

    I rode the rest of the way to work with my bars in this new weird position, which made my headlight virtually worthless because it was pointing at the ground about 10 feet in front of me. I came the closest I've come in a long time to hitting a deer about a half mile after 'the incident'.

    Busted out the multi-tool when I got here and re-adjusted the bars...everything seems fine, no deep scratches in the aluminum or anything, But I know that will make it more likely for that stem/bar interface to slip again. I had my doubts when I went from a 4 bolt stem to a 2 bolt, especially with bullhorns, your hands wind up so far out in front of the stem...serious leverage in an impact like that.

    ...thankful that I'm not nursing gravel rash right now!
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    Just got a new cycling computer for my commuter bike. This morning's stats:

    Bike: Steel fixed-gear, 48t chainring, 16t fixed cog
    Terrain: Home to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Weather: 10 degrees Celsius, sunny
    Distance: 3.12km
    Mean speed: 28kph
    Max speed: 43.32kph

    There are a bunch of busy stop signs and stop lights along the way that always reduce my mean speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I almost just got pitched over the bars on the morning commute...

    ....thankful that I'm not nursing gravel rash right now!
    All's well that ends well.

    Had my bars drop after 6000 miles of use on Friday with no hint of looseness as warning. About 20 degrees of semi-free rotation. I was down in the drops for a headwind gusting over 25, which I seldom do. Same extra leverage issue. I guess the in and out of cold weather gradually backed the allen bolt a tiny bit or the clamp was hung up on a bolt thread and finally released. I know I had it torqured well initially. I did not have dark and a car beside me and a minefield of potholes as you did.

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    A lot of excitement out there, I think a little too much excitement for CB - glad you were were able to get through that one! I'm sure all your bike handling skills from the ice this winter helped you stay on board.

    Data - never seen a chain in color - or one on the left, so I guess I've learned something here today.

    Martin - hope your wife has a safe trip & that you are managing OK.

    Pertime - that is COLD - I guess I can't complain about it being 25F this a.m. now. Hope we don't see those numbers again until next winter. We've had over 30 days above normal, but I am waiting for the other snowshoe to drop.

    I biked to work from my friend's in Waitsfield, a nice ride, 18mi, on part of the route of the Green Mountain Stage Race, some hills, got up to 32 mph coasting downhill on the MTB. Saw a flock of about 20 wild turkeys in a field, some with their tail feathers fanned out.
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    Data - never seen a chain in color - or one on the left, so I guess I've learned something here today.
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    having a rack fixed to the frame and not only to the seat-post rocks...I barely felt the weight of the loaded pannier, in fact I had to check back a couple of times to confirm it was there...It just felt great.

    now that I have both bags I'll try to do some "groceries trips", won't be able to carry a lot but will be an excuse to add more miles to the excel table

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    thanks...she already called to tell me she was OK. Told me the flight was very shaky too, not nice for an 9 hrs flight

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I almost just got pitched over the bars on the morning commute...

    I was back on the 'cross bike after a few days on the new 29er (don't want to wear the michelins down on the pavement too bad). So I'm overly confident descending my pothole infested dirt road in the dark, because the 9er just eats up the bumps and dips. 90psi on a rigid bike...not so much. On top of that it's darker than it has been because of cloud cover.

    So I'm going a little too fast to pick a very smooth line through the pothole minefield (downhill) and this horribly inconsiderate person has the nerve to DRIVE up the road while I'm biking on it. How lame, right? Anyway, now I have the complication of headlights in my face, and less than half of the right side of the road to work with...well right when I got up to the car, at that moment when you actually can't see anything, just before you pass each other, I HAMMERED what had to have been the biggest pothole on the road. My two-bolt stem lost its grip on my bullhorn bars, producing a sickening squeeking slipping sound (bars rotated down maybe 10 degrees), my weight shifted forward, and I distinctly remember my rear wheel returning to the ground well after the pothole, which it never hit...I was about one thousandth of a second from hitting the ejector button, but somehow I came out on top of the bike and didn't go down. I coasted it out to the bottom of the hill, where I discovered that I had also thrown a chain, and my superflash taillight had gone from blink mode to solid mode, probably out of fear. I think that's the superflash equivelant of peeing your pants.

    I rode the rest of the way to work with my bars in this new weird position, which made my headlight virtually worthless because it was pointing at the ground about 10 feet in front of me. I came the closest I've come in a long time to hitting a deer about a half mile after 'the incident'.

    Busted out the multi-tool when I got here and re-adjusted the bars...everything seems fine, no deep scratches in the aluminum or anything, But I know that will make it more likely for that stem/bar interface to slip again. I had my doubts when I went from a 4 bolt stem to a 2 bolt, especially with bullhorns, your hands wind up so far out in front of the stem...serious leverage in an impact like that.

    ...thankful that I'm not nursing gravel rash right now!
    O_O Wow.... doesn't sound as bad as that time you hit that big rock and went flying, but probably scary enough. Good job hanging on and riding it out, that takes skill! Makes me want to go tighten my bar clamp now.
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    Today was one of the nicest day so far this year.
    I decided to take the Seattle Langster this morning. A because I wanted to ride
    something lighter and it's Green
    It's Wednesday so I meet a coworker at Einstein Brothers Bagels for Bagels and coffee.Ihad a package to drop off at the Post Office so I had that strapped to the rack. It was myfirst ride on an aluminum bike and carbon fork this year.

    On the way home I almost made it alway the way home without a headlight and I got to see the Sunset.

    Damn I forgot my Camera this morning.

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    Glad you OK CB! The bike too.

    This evening's commute back- here in Seattle, was very nice. Sun was shining right up to civil twilight. Spring is here, and the tree blossoms are poppin"!

    Been testing out my carbon Planet X bike the last few days, it just surges ahead with each pedal stroke. Made it from South Central District up to Lynnwood in really good time, and past some pretty bunched up cars around Montlake Bridge.
    When you pass car jams like that, you always feel you are on the right machine.

    I bring camera next time also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandsalmon
    When you pass car jams like that, you always feel you are on the right machine.
    .
    That makes me feel good when I make better time on my bike than cars.

    I also feel smarter than someone who pulls up next to me in a Smart Car.
    Maybe thisSummer when they next to me with their window open I'll yell out....
    Mine Is Smarter and wink at them

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    A gloriously uneventful ride this morning
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    Had a nice peaceful ride in, 18 mi since I skipped the bus. I hope they repave some of this route - if you were on a road bike you'd have to ride in the middle of the road to have a safer smoother ride. Some pix below - out my front door, "Squashed Bikes" sculpture, and a roadside stream running good even with the wimpy snowmelt this year.
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    Now THAT is art.
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    Checked the weather this am and saw it was above freezing so decided to ride in again. This time I brought my GPS and have learned what I thought was 4-5km is actually 6.8 km. I already feel like I have more energy having just ridden a couple of times. Will have to remember the camera before the ice gives way on the river.

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    Drove today because I had to take the car in for service. At least it's finished already and I don't have to worry about trying to pick it up after work. My knee's kinda hurting anyway, so maybe it was for the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Drove today because I had to take the car in for service. At least it's finished already and I don't have to worry about trying to pick it up after work. My knee's kinda hurting anyway, so maybe it was for the best.
    LOL I had to drive in today too...... My excuse is TOO MUCH DAMN RAIN! We are Having a Bit of a storm.......
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    Second highest temps since last fall. Tested the helmet light on flash this trip. No smoke. Lots of light. Could see both flashing back at me at a stoplight, in the shiny liftgate of a Ford Freestyle. Yep, pretty obnoxious, about 1000 lumens at the mid setting. No replacement for being careful. Mad Eye Mooney's admonition of 'constant vigilance' or defensive riding cannot be set aside. Still the comment "I didn't see him" will be an admission of guilt, not an excuse. Might ride a tad bit further for a nice pic tomorrow.

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    I feel bad syaing it, but MtbX`s injury has turned into a boon for us- lots of nice pictures! Is it bad to look at the silver lining?

    It`s definitely Spring here, even though the temps will probably go back down a bit temporarilly. The first of my wife`s bulbs shot up while we weren`t looking to about five inches high, I was able to dig enough hole to plant our Christmas tree (last time I tried the ground was still frozen a few inches down), lots of tiny leaves buds showing up on my trees, and our little lawn is really getting green. In the Winter, I feed the neighborhood cottontails (don`t look, gardeners!), but I think we`re in the last few weeks of that- pretty soon there will be enough natural green popping up for them. Tulips, if nothing else. No work this Friday, the plant will be shut down. That means another short paycheck, but it`s also a good opportunity to take my first weekend tour of the year. I have a nice 2.5 day triangle roughed out in my mind, mostly through as yet unpedaled territory for me.
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    ^^ same weather pattern as Rodar.

    This was the ride after work today, lucky me.... 15 minutes from the office. Did an out-and-back after work and hitched a ride home with wifey.
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    nice CBoy...for the sanity of the thread, I won't show the "river" I have near home!

    My ride today was as usual, well I add a mile to return the Tuesday Movies

    but hey... I can show you a nice pic... look what the wife left for me...



    I will also add this for you guys... if you haven't bought this for home



    DO IT!! your wife will love it and you won't regret it when home alone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    ^^ same weather pattern as Rodar.

    This was the ride after work today, lucky me.... 15 minutes from the office. Did an out-and-back after work and hitched a ride home with wifey.
    Wow beautiful!

    I snapped a quick pic on the ride home. It doesn't capture the best angle, so I'll try again next week if the ice is left. Cool thing is that the geese are back!

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    Special Ed on the Biz! I sure wish it were closer to me.

    Bilirubin, that`s nice. Your profile says Calgary. Is that where the pic is from?
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    Very nice of your wife to leave you goodies, but you started cleaning up too early! You`re supposed to leave the mandil hanging on the door until the last panicked day before she comes home- didn`t they teach you that in college? Sheesh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy

    This was the ride after work today, lucky me.... .
    Talk about art! (Liked mtbxplorer's sculpture, too) Landscape with nice bike. Made me want to hop on and ride! Poetry not currently in motion! This is a very nice virtual group ride here..

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    almost got doored today...this taxi stops at a corner with its turn-light on...I went in to turn with him and didn't notice if it has passengers or not (my bad)... just when passing by, door opening... thank God I had space between the car and sidewalk.

    @rodar...I know I know...but you know, home care training could be like a brain washer, and I really left a mess the other day installing the rack and reflective tape in the living room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Special Ed on the Biz! I sure wish it were closer to me.
    It's closer than that Sacramento river path

    It's pretty snow-free from just above the tunnels down...if you want a full day ride I'd wait a weekend or two. Melting off quick.

    I can't wait to bomb this trail on the 'cross bike with the wheels and tires off of the new 29er. It will be the ultimate Biz Bomber with some 2.0 tubeless squish.
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    @Martinsillo: Well, since you made the mess working on your bike, I guess we can let it slide . My wife was gone for over a year at one point and I even moved my bike into the living room- had a BIG mess by the time she was able to come home!


    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    It's closer than that Sacramento river path

    It's pretty snow-free from just above the tunnels down...if you want a full day ride I'd wait a weekend or two. Melting off quick.
    Yeah, that`s true. Also a lot less crowded- later, when it`s stinking hot down in Sac you`ll have them beat with weather, too. But keep in mind that the museum to Devil`s Corral and back is a full day ride if we go on our singles . If we take the tandem, I don`t know it it would be worth hauling it overall those ATV traps on the lower part. Do you think it`s still snowy and/or muddy from Gomaz to Westwood?
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    Definitely still snowy/muddy above Goumaz. Snow is still being measured in feet rather than inches at westwood. Top end is still cross country ski territory.
    They removed one of those lower ATV traps near the depot, There's just one now between the depot and the tunnels.
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    Nice ride in, but saw this crater yesterday on the downhill, and stopped to cross the road and take a pic this a.m. Not likely to be featured in those VT bike tour company advertisements.
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    For the record, that's a little bigger than the pothole I slammed into the other morning.


    I don't think your titanium frame would absorb the vibrations from that one.
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    ^^Yeah, the only mad skills to use if you hit that one would be aerial maneuvers. Did I mention the local pro basketball team is called the Vermont Frost Heaves?? I emailed the pic to someone in VTrans ops & he promptly forwarded it to the crew to fix it. On my way home, they already had an orange barrel bungied to the guard rail to warn people...I will be interested how quick the real fix takes.

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    Wow, that is a big one. Is it frost heave, though? I`ve only experienced them (frost heaves) once and they were neither what I expected nor what you have there- maybe different meaning depending on where you are?
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    Well, that 1 would not not really be a frostheave here either, those are perpendicular to travel & like a broken hump in road & often repeating, and they sometimes settle down on ttheir own once the frost is 100% out. Ours usually "break" & have a crack in top, runing your rollercoaster. That hole is more the sinkhole/pothole variety to get technical. I'm also told that road was paved with asphalt over narrower concrete (pre-any-interstate-in-VT), so the edges have poor underlying suppport .
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    Thanks. Several years ago I got a ride from Valdez to Anchorage and many sections of highway were full of frost heaves. Great big whoopsiedoo things. I can see how they could be dangerous, but I thought it was fun- like a roller coaster.
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    Nice Rice to work this morning Stopped at Panera to get a bagel and I saw this Bugati.


    Then I got to work and all hell broke loose. Very busy very short staffed.
    I broke a spoke on my front wheel going home last night on the Seattle Langster
    then a spoke on the rear wheel of my Soma this morning.

    This morning before leaving I realized that a nipple snapped on the Seattle.
    Then fixed the rear spoke on the Soma before going home tonight.(damn 15 gauge spokes)

    All in All a Good week with 168 miles so far for the week.Calling for wet snow tomorrow

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    Mmmmm all around..my sister in Encinitas CA has sent me Carobou coffee & Green Mtn coffee here had it for 10cents a pod(cup) here recently because they put too much good coffee in each pod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    Nice Rice to work this morning Stopped at Panera to get a bagel and I saw this Bugati.
    Not a real Bugati. VW Bug-ati, by the tail pipe and bustle-like butt. I think they,made conversions for MGA's too. Still fun, nice, and fairly rare. A real one would likely have armed guards around it (7 plus figures).

    No ride today.

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    A bit chilly this morning, had to bust out the gloves. I've got a longish (nearly 9 miles) ride after work to meet my girlfriend at her work. I'm looking forward to the first long(ish) ride in some time. Maybe squeeze in a long one tomorrow since we're both off.
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    Since I didn't get my commute/non-commute in on Friday and did yard work yestterday, I got in 27 miles today. Trying to keep below 75% max pulse rate into wind averaged less than 12 mph outbound, but I didn't go to the drops as I wanted the too-fast drivers to see the ANSI vest. Upright has to kill 1 mph at least into 20 mph winds. Almost 19 mph homebound also trying to keep from blasting up the hills over the target pulse too much. Woo Hoo! Last time I had this much head wind outbound it changed around so it was also a head wind back.

    The daffodils are up:

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    Not a commute

    but it WAS on my commuter. First mini tour of the year- two day loop route of Reno, Carson City, Dayton and Virginia City starting and ending at my back door. Nice temps, slightly cloudy, really windy for the last few hours.
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    nice rodar...how many miles?...a one day tour?

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    Thanks. Two days- not many miles, but a lot of climbing.
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    cool, I need to think about a thing like that...I will certainly need a day ride going out the city to feel like I really leave it

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    Noncommute mini tour- beats the HE- double-hockey-sticks out of yard work!

    Got me thinking about a mini trip, and that's not necessarily a good thing...

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    Looks like a great trip Rodar, thanks for the pics. Nice to see a daffodil too, Bri.

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    Rodar, I was just looking at some bike parts on Craigslist that were in Dayton. Next time can you haul the trailer and pick some stuff up for me?

    Looks like fun. I should do something like that this year...
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    That might be a while, CB. I left my BOB in Carson, on loan until probably mid June.
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    Dang. Better start looking for parts closer to home



    Rode the 29er in today... hoping to sneak in a trail ride after work. Doing that changes my whole perspective throughout the day... if the work day ends with a trail ride, it can't be that bad.
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    We've had really nice weather here the past couple weeks - highs in the 70s. It's rather windy today though. The wind noticeably grabbed my front wheel a couple times on the ride in. Nice temps though - high 50s for the morning commute.

    This week is a short one for me. I took two days off to extend my weekend to head up north to Brianhead for some snowboarding and then to Bryce for some snowshoeing before the snow melts away. I'm getting a head start on spring break, since I have to work and volunteer over the break.

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    first time in toooo long! felt great even though it was like 32 degrees and there was no hot water at work for a showr

    i fell 1000% better when i commute and i hate that i felt too busy to do it last spring (mostly cause the 50lbs i lost 2 years ago are back) )
    Winter is coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioActive
    This week is a short one for me. I took two days off to extend my weekend to head up north to Brianhead for some snowboarding and then to Bryce for some snowshoeing before the snow melts away. I'm getting a head start on spring break, since I have to work and volunteer over the break.
    This just when I was getting over my envy at the thought of two months in Twin Falls followed by a few weeks in the Sierra
    You`re killing me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    This just when I was getting over my envy at the thought of two months in Twin Falls followed by a few weeks in the Sierra
    You`re killing me!
    Sorry! I figured I'd take advantage of being a graduate student while I can (lot of free time). My stay in Idaho is work-related, though, if that helps at all.

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    Not much, but what really helps is the thought of all those term papers I`m not doing. Go for it- I`m sure you deserve whatever good times you can manage!
    EDIT: or since you`re a grad student, probably a thesis. I`m feeling better all the time
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    The first half of this week looks all the same: frozen in the morning, various degrees of wet in the afternoon (wet snow, wet dirt, wet pavement, some dry patches).

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    Back to normal March weather after last week's sunshine...inches of cold rain, flood watch, water over some roads, river on way home currently @ 6030cfs, so the whitewater kayakers having more fun than the bikers. I drove today. Supposed to clear for Th Fri Sat.

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    We're in that spring mode of 28*-30* in the morning, 60* in the afternoon...I ride to work in the jacket, leg warmers, windproof gloves, beanie...then ride home in shorts and short sleeves with a bulging backpack.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    but it WAS on my commuter. First mini tour of the year- two day loop route of Reno, Carson City, Dayton and Virginia City starting and ending at my back door. Nice temps, slightly cloudy, really windy for the last few hours.
    NICE. Great place for it, too. I seriously have to start thinking about some mini-tours. That's something I'd really like to get started.
    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio ~ July 10, 1942 May 16, 2010

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    Rejoice and be glad in it. I took the hint today!

    The upper left is a farmstead on one of the fingers of the Wisconsin Glaciation. It stopped halfway down the County. Pretty flat on the glacial till, but up and down between the fingers or the areas south which are another 10,000 years since a glacier last visited. Just a nice rural scene on a sunny evening ride.

    The upper right is 'The Duchess' with the 700C-35 Michelin City Tires from the errand bike and the 11-34 cassette (dinner plate size). The back roads were a tad hard on the butt last fall and no better now, so I upped the ante from 27" -28 mm to 35 mm and sure glad I did. I feel what the 650B guys are talking about! You can just see the reflective sidewalls and light weights on the spokes in the westering sun.

    Lower left The Round Barn. Name sort of says it all. Historical building.

    Lower right sunset over a pond looking from the 12th Green of the Country Club. Need Turner to get the colors right. Cell phone only hints at them. Oh well. Bike light test ride a huge success.

    We are short on mountains and sweeping grand vistas close at hand. Now a 2-day trip. I can find some vistas.

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    it was wet and nasty
    Save a tree & wipe your butt with an owl.
    Thank your local Sierra Club.

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    BMc, are you in IN or WI? It`s looking decidedly Springy where ever.
    Recalculating....

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    ...BMc...Thanks for stopping and shooting some NICE pics!

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    First commute for this fair weather commuter this year. It was 40 deg F this morning so a bit chilly start and forecasted to be mid-60s on the commute home. 28km roundtrip. I'm feeling good this morning!
    Amolan

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    rodar y rodar: Halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Wisconsin was thoroughly glaciated last time. It stopped before it got to the Ohio River, right here, in fact.

    GrandSalmon: Thanks. I figured a couple of days after March 21 was close enough to spring equinox to record a ride with more than one shot. You can blame/credit Mtbxplorer: she started it. Then Rodar y rodar upped the ante with gorgeous shots. I try to always carry the cell phone. But for someone who grew up with party lines and a hand crank phone, it is hard to remember you have this Star Trek technology so easily available.


    Miss my 35 mm zoom, though.

    Being photographed is an excellent deterent for most motorists. I am trying to make it second nature rather than respond in anger. I't hard when someone has put your life at risk, to remain calm and shoot them right between the eyes...
    with a camera-phone..

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    how do they do it??

    how do fixie riders in tight jeans ride... like at all?
    Laundry needs to be done, tossed on some jeans that're snug across the thighs and calves, and even though I'd not characterize them as "tight" the compression over muscles trying their damndest to expand is noticeable!!

    it's like out of the gate you feel you're 2 hours into the ride, where the muscles aren't snapping to attention anymore, or when your pants are soaked and heavy with mud, and the will is there but the legs just don't want to move.

    sucks.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    My first Commuter Crash...a guy in a bike (me), a dog and a stopped vehicle.

    So I was having the best of the commutes trying to improve my average cadence, which means I was going faster than usual (not that I do it fast the rest of the days)...so, anyways...

    I was approaching this little park when I saw this large dog (it was a mix of a German Shepperd, you could tell by the ears) and as soon as he saw me got into the road, wait for me, and started the chase, barking...everything as usual, they chase, they got tired and turn back...well this time it wasn't like that...

    First, this was my first time being chased by a large dog, second, this one didn't got tired and third, he didn't turn back. We ran the length of the park together and we even ran most of the next block too.

    At the end of the block he stopped barking, I said, "well, finally, he is turning back", he was running on my right side, I turn to my right and he wasn't there, and when I turn my head to the left just to be sure...WTF!! the f##$in dog was trying to bite me! I swerve to the right doing the left kick trick at the same time...bad move...just when I turn my head back on the road I was heading to a stooped truck...couldn't avoid it...I crashed. I was able to swerve back the bike to the left but my body end up open to receive the impact...I did the shell move and wait for it...everything went to my right arm...I didn't fall but geez it was hard.

    What do the Dog did? turned back! F"#k, at least bite me!

    I got really dizzy by the impact...but was able to see the owner of the dog at the end of the park...a homeless guy...stayed on the curb for a while before continue...I though I was going to puke or something.. well, I think I'll just get a nice bruise on my arm.

    When I started to ride I began to see everything blurry...I had to go back for my glasses

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    Ay, Martin! Tell us the important part! Is your Kermit Green powder job okay?
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    @Commo_soulja: The 60 part sounds good, but I know what Bay Area 40 feels like.
    @BMc: You had a zoom for your 35mm? High zoot!
    @byknuts: The fixters around here wear BDUs.
    Recalculating....

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