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    yeah the bike didn't receive any damage...somehow the saddle end up spinning 90 on the post, which also hit me on my left leg a little btw, but lucky me, that was all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    What do the Dog did? turned back! F"#k, at least bite me!
    Elementary dog psychology, my dear Watson

    "If it is not moving fast it is neither threat nor prey."

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    Last night, I bought my Salsa Las Cruces cross bike back from another rider. Naturally, I used it for this morning's commute. I had forgotten how well cross tires can smooth out the ride of an otherwise very stiff and unforgiving bike. It was also my first ride on a conventionally-geared bike in about a year. I think the hiatus from geared bikes really improved my stamina and helped to correct my over-shifting.

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    Wet Wet Wet!!!! Darn It.......................
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    Martinsillo: Sucks. Good he didn't bite. Likely no rabies shots for the dog of a homeless person. That means painful shots for you and another wound to heal. So as they said in the cartoons, "Could be lots worser!"

    Did a timed 25 miles down a local highway with the big tires again and was glad in several places. Only 1 mph off my best on that trip of last year. I'll take it. Starting to understand the Pugsley. Kinda scary.

    Felt like Jim Carey in 'Truman' today. Seemed like every time I needed a left turn, or to pull into traffic or cross an intersection, after miles of no vehicles, suddenly I have them in excess. Our church's Treasurer pulled out of the County Club and almost T-boned me less than a mile from home. (Typical.) I was sure he had seen me to have not pulled out for so long most Cadillac that stop. It's going to be interesting to hear what he was thinking.

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    Today was Bagel Wednesday where a couple coworkers meet at a gathering place. We drink coffee and chow down on Bagels. Today we were riding all USA Made Frames with Two Gunnars and one brand new 2010 Cannondale Caad9 1.

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    Then We Ride To Work

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    It was warm, dry and very windy when I came in tonight. Now it`s warm and very windy and snowing hard.
    Recalculating....

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    Nice pics Norm!
    My commute yesterday was my first since January 28 for some reason (no good ones!), a crisp -2C (29F) in the morning dark @ 6:30 am and a beautiful bare legged ride home at 5:30 pm with a sunny +15C (60F) and a tail wind for the last half of the 17 km (10 miles)ride. The old Nishiki International rode superbly, even with bags stuffed overfull with jacket, wind pants, long johns,thick socks, etc. on the way home. Great to be back on the commuting bike!!

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    car ride today and tomorrow...yesterday, as the day was ending I realize that a pain on my left scapula was actually badder than on the right arm...a movement I didn't recognize in the crash certainly did something there...it was a pain when sleeping with the right upper-arm/shoulder (which is already getting some nice color) and left scapula hurting.

    hopefully I'll be back on Monday.

    @BMc
    yes...that definitely would turn this worse.

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    Oh, no- that doesn`t sound good. I sure hope it improves over the weekend. You don`t think anything is broken, do you?
    Recalculating....

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    no rodar, it seems that it is just muscular...if I don't feel any significant relieve tomorrow, will be visiting the a doc

    in the meantime, mother is a doc, and she already prescribe some muscle relaxant.

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    ^^Feel better man, that sounds like no fun at all.

    Snow this morning. What. The. Crap. It's almost April. Every March I have to remind myself that March traditionally sees more snow than January around here. I truly didn't even look outside while I was getting ready this morning, so it wasn't until I opened the door and headed outside that I saw the snow. Wasn't really dressed for it either. At least that crazy wind that kept me awake last night was over. Not too much ice, so it wasn't bad. It'll be 60* and sunny for the ride home probably. Aahhh, spring in the sierras.
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    Nice pix all, the bagel/coffee ride sounds fun.
    Martin, hope you feel better soon - I am sure the dog and the truck are feeling just fine!

    Nice to see the sun again, blue sky, crisp air this a.m., about 28F. It was too bright to see the viewfinder, but took this one anyway. Nearby is a cow culvert, where they put in a concrete culvert big enough for the cows to go through for milking since the road is not safe for regular cow crossing from pasture to barn any more. They even blasted ledge to put it & the cow's ramp to it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Nice pix all....
    Hey! Nice yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Nearby is a cow culvert, where they put in a concrete culvert big enough for the cows to go through for milking since the road is not safe for regular cow crossing from pasture to barn any more. They even blasted ledge to put it & the cow's ramp to it in.
    Having hit and killed an 8 point buck that dressed out at 295 pounds, I think it best not to tangle with 800-1000 pounds of Holstein. Bettter for them and better for the motorists. Besides you'd have something lining your fenders to help you remember the crossing if they'd not gone underground.

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    Hope your feeling better Martin. Take it easy on that shoulder!
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    Drop to 26F before leaving work with a 12 mph wind. Like a17F wind chill.

    I picked up a pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek WRX. I just got them Tuesday,
    They worked great tonight.


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    We got your storm up here today CB. Cold, wind, rain, hail..... I was riding my old SS MTB today because I am swapping out my recalled fork on my new bike and have yet to finish. I was riding through an intersection which is also at the top of a hill. The wind was blowing so hard I thought I was going to come to a stop as I crested the hill. I need to get the Nasbar X back together, I forgot how hard it is to pedal the old MTB with fat tires. I thought for sure the brakes were hanging up.
    I ride at ludicrous speed

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    34 degrees with a strong headwind most of the way. I felt like I was creeping along. Not too long ago the weather would have felt warm. It didn't feel as pleasant after a couple weeks with lows in the mid 40s to low 50s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    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.
    Crater has been filled in since my email to VTrans! Just a quick coldpatch job, and still not 100% to grade, but now a pothole instead of a crater. And they left the orange barrel in place next to it, so they may be back to pretty it up later.

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    ^ That's impressive. I wonder if the VTrans people would come over and teach the CalTrans people a thing or two....
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    ^^ I dunno 'bout that. They had to blow up the Crown Point Bridge to NY in December after an emergency closure in October due to supports being unsafe. It's a long way around, even for car commuters. I don't know what any cyclists did before the temp ferry was up & running.
    But if it's not snowing or icy VTrans might well get there to help CalTrans.
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    I camped right next to that bridge on my bicycle tour last summer.

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    Another harbinger of spring...



    ..the Sugar Maple in flower (picture yesterday before snow and rain took them, they don't last long). I can coun't on my allergies starting in big time very soon. Too bad it didn't bloom with a blue sky. The rain and snow did them in pretty much.



    The restored bridge. Classic American Trestle. To island in Sand Creek flood control lake. Too bad the geese make the deck a challenge to walk on. It was to be part of a bike/walking path, I think.




    The plaque and The Duchess and my shadow. (doing my Hitchcock-like cameo, I guess)
    (Hitchcock Theme here)

    Good I got the pics in while the sky was clear. The ride was the same ol' same ol' you know pedaling, stop signs, lights, too fast drivers, weird looks, and...

    Oh yeah and being shot at (or at least towards). Depends on how lousy his aim was.

    Not sure if he was just blowing off steam, contemplating using it on himself, or playing scare the guy on the bike and lay in wait untill he gets close enough to nail his butt. Maybe I was just taking too long and he had the firearm equivalent of PE. Before the last three shots, I thought he'd been hit as he was lying on the access ramp from the road to the field he'd been in. Then I saw the pistol aimed straight up from his navel like some black parody of arousal. If he was happy I was getting close, I didn't want to know about it. Pretty long barrel, but then witnesses tend to overestimate the size of the gun.

    Definitely not your 'normal' posture or actions even for Kentuckiana. Realizing he was quite alive, and not calling for aid, and possibly murderous or suicidal (my compassion was ebbing fast), I called 911 and booked it out of range. I was inspired. 'Getting the lead out' and hauling butt. Being shot at improved my performance substantially, I found. A shot came as it was ringing through, another during the call, and a third hit something metal in the ditch beside me and twanged it as I headed WAY out of range. Number seven. Before cruisers arrived, he started to walk towards nearest farmhouse, but he had not made it before the first cruiser arrived. So at least an officer sighted him too, although they witnessed no shots. A backup cruiser went flying by me towards the fracas.

    Strikes me a surreal.

    It's times like these when I wish I'd listened to what my mother told me.

    Why, what she tell you?

    I dunno. I wasn't listening.
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    Being chased by a dog into a truck starts to look good compared to being shot at!
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    WOW. Today was tough. Head wind was so strong waves were cresting in the canal... The opposite way of the flop!!

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    Holy c! BMc, definitely, next time I'll be glad to crash to the nearest stopped car...

    but let me tell you, I've been lucky to not be involved in such scene...if you have seen the news about MTY these days you could imagine...not in my ride time but a week ago two students were killed by grenade on my route, because they were confused by narcos...you know inside the campus!

    glad you made it!
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    btw..thanks for your words guys....I'm recovering very well...I'll be back on monday for sure..perhaps a city ride on sunday...pain on the left scapula is pretty much gone

    The arm doesn't look as bad as it hurts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Holy c! BMc, definitely, next time I'll be glad to crash to the nearest stopped car...

    but let me tell you, I've been lucky to not be involved in such scene...if you have seen the news about MTY these days you could imagine...not in my ride time but a week ago two students were killed by grenade on my route, because they were confused by narcos...you know inside the campus!

    glad you made it!
    I've seen that bruise before! In a no warning OTB. I ripped the tendons real good. Took 5 years until I could stand sleeping on that side and I still have trouble with that. A decade to get my arm back to full motion. So yeah. Many of us know too well...

    A shot in the ditch beside me is a far cry from hand grenades. Cripes!

    The first shot I thought was a blown truck tire on the Interstate under the crossover I had just ridden down. The second made me think: gun. Sucker boomed! They hunt nearly all the time here, but I couldn't think of whether Rabbits were in season, or not. I saw someone in the field and thought they were too close to the road to be shooting a gun. Then he slumped down like he had been hit. I realized very soon after that, he was just acting crazy, I was GONE! Whether he actualy knew I was even there when he shot in my general direction, I don't know. A lot of Meth heads here and their brains are eaten away.

    Riding bikes can be exciting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Riding bikes can be exciting!
    yeah it is! and sometimes painful

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    BrMc that is nuts! Glad you had some sprint in you. You may have saved someone's life that day - your own or others'. What was he thinking?? Your shadow doesn't look like a rabbit and you probably bike too much to be good eating.

    Martin - That is very bad news that things have gotten so dangerous there - stay safe!

    Cranky - there should be a new bridge, by next summer I would guess.

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    I know that bathroom humor is SO puerile (look it up, if you must) but I couldn't resist:



    I guess today's ride went in the crapper at this point.

    Have to go around it. Here we go Loop dee Loo...

    This is actually one of the three best pieces of pavement I frequently ride. So if this is someone's crtique suggesting it is a sh***y piece of road, I disagree. At least up till now.

    No Martha, I don't think this is a scheduled rest stop.

    The Century's idea of roadside amenities left a lot to be desired.

    Another reason to ride Kevlar tires.

    I hope it fell off the back of a truck because if it went airborne, I'd hate to have been on it.

    A NASA $100,000 toilet after reentry.

    I've gone so fast I've blown a tire. Or blown a gasket. Ain't never blown a toilet! Now THAT'S what I call haulin' a$$!

    Bullets yesterday. Maybe the guy's using hand grenades today! Look's like he got a plumbing supply truck.

    Shot at yesterday. Toilet dumped on me today. I give up.

    I's my Potty and I'll cry if I want to...You would cry too, if it happened to you!

    They did mean everything but the kitchen sink! 'Cause I haven't seen one of those yet.

    In Heaven, the streets are paved with gold, but this is Southeastern Indiana, so....

    Apparently septic tank gas is explosive.

    Another broken (Democratic, Repubican: chose one) Party promise hits the road to reality.

    I told you that flushing a lit stick of dynamite wouldn't work!

    Plum(ber) out of luck.

    I told you we are on the road to ruin!

    Fred dropped off the toilet. He missed. He ALWAYS misses.

    Landscape Littered with Loo one of the photographer's aliterative 'garbage as art' series.

    Where is that 'Potty Mouth' commercail girl? We've got a Potty Road here.

    The Deputy misunderstood. He was to go out here and break up a PARTY!

    Now that's what I call a F**T!

    NOT staged. Power cord further along. Tailgate forgotten, I guess.

    Forgive me. Yesterday seems to have affected my sense of decorum, dignity, and decency. Laughter is supposed to be the best medicine...
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    BMc, it was funny to me!

    In this little side of the of the world...
    well, my arm is turning like it feels


    and..look!...I'm planning a mini tour for the next weekend!

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    A mini tour, that sounds like a great way to unwind! Getting shot at! Holy crap! I thought rednecks in jamming the the foot down on the accelerator of their big wheeled pick em' up trucks was bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    A mini tour, that sounds like a great way to unwind! Getting shot at! Holy crap! I thought rednecks in jamming the the foot down on the accelerator of their big wheeled pick em' up trucks was bad.
    A mini tour DOES sound good. Have to check when the park opens south of here.

    Having had time to think about what transpired, I think he was playing a kind of Russian Roulette Suicide Quasi-attempt. Because it looks like accidental for insurance? Because his life is crap, and he thought he'd see what Fate would deal him? Playing back his staggering before he lay down in my mind's eye, when I thought that he'd been injured, makes me now think he was wracked with sobs. His first attempts may have been standing shooting straight up, he was too far for me to be sure he wasn't a fence post then. Aiming the gun straight up while prone makes more sense in this light and the bullet that came too close was likely a rain-down not a shot aimed in my direction.

    Dumba$$ to do it along a road. A mini van with attractive young lady (same difference if she was an old and ugly, but I appreciated the beauty at the time, looked Angelic to me!) went both ways, turning past me at the side road and two cars, a semi and yours truly as cylcist any of which could have taken his lead fallout. Explains why I was wary and fled but not scared s***less and hunkered in the ditch behind the crossroad for cover. He wasn't aiming at traffic. If this scenario is true, the lack of malice and 'lying in wait' is a comfort. Dumba$$!

    I'll post the Police Blotter - likely not much - Monday.
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    well, it seems I wasn't recovering to well at all,

    I was doing some housekeeping tasks this weekend and during/after folding two weeks worth of clothes, my arm started to hurt real bad...well, turns out pretty much all the muscles that receive the hit are torn...other muscles are sort of working to compensate..or at least that's what I understood from the doc.

    I'm going to rest until Wednesday, I'm going to do some rides after work around the block just to keep my legs in shape...I really want do this Mini-Tour...the next long weekend is in September or something like that and my vacation days already have a destination.

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    Bummer Martin. Sorry to hear that.

    I will never complain about my commute again... getting shot at? Holy smokes.

    I used to ride a network of trails that went fairly close to a gun range...totally safe situation (assuming everyone was firing in the direction they were supposed to be firing in)...but the sound of gunfire while you're ripping down the singletrack really does help you dig a little deeper to get out of that area. I hear you there.

    This cut-and-paste from the national weather service should sum up Rodar's commute today as well as mine. Supposedly It's back to snow around here by Wednesday or so Pretty nasty winds already this morning...

    THE INITIAL THREAT IS A DANGEROUS DOWNSLOPE WIND EVENT THIS
    AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. RIDGE WINDS WELL OVER 100 MPH
    WILL MIX TO THE LOWER ELEVATIONS WITH DAMAGING WIND GUSTS OVER
    70 MPH LIKELY TO AFFECT THE EASTERN SLOPES OF MOUNTAIN RANGES.
    THIS INCLUDES THE SURPRISE VALLEY...THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN...
    HIGHWAY 395 FROM SUSANVILLE THROUGH THE RENO CARSON CITY AREA
    SOUTH INTO MONO COUNTY...AND HIGHWAY 95 NEAR WALKER LAKE AND
    HAWTHORNE.
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    Wishing you luck, Martin.

    Wow, Surprise Valley all the way to Mono and Hawthorne? That`s a big area. Already plenty windy here and I can see some really ugly black clouds over you, CB. That`s a real bummer becaue we have some friends/extended family up from Jalisco for their first visit here. Today is my turn to be tour guide (my favorite job!) and it looks like the hiking I had planned won`t be much fun. At least they got some pretty nice weather for their day at Tahoe.
    Recalculating....

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    ^^100mph winds - yikes! Don't get blown away...we had steady 25mph yesterday with 35 mph gusts, and snow changing over to rain, but it's starting to sound calm in comparison. I did not ride in this a.m., but brought the bike in case it clears up some.

    Martin, sorry to hear your arm is so bad, especially since you were gearing up for your mini tour and vacation time is so short!

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    A nice ride in of 17 km @ avg. 25 kph, on wet roads after an overnight rain.
    An Interesting (?) worm observation (Spring must be here, the worms are out!) Every worm of the several hundred encountered were perpendicular to the direction of travel of the road. Why???

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    To get to the to the other side??

    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    Installed new cables and housings last night. Super smooth shifting this morning. I wanted to wait until after the threat of winter to put the new ones on. This week it is predicted to be in the mid to high 70s. Bring it on.

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    Went for a ride in the rain today, not commuting just putting along did some road, a little bike path, and some singletrack about 25 miles, computer went out at 18 due to the rain, got a new i-phone and took some pictures of some singletrack and sent them to this thread, but I don't see them, got some more figuring to do, but I can't just sit and play all day.

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    martinsillo: The colors gave me a baaad feeling about your arm. Didn't want to jinx you, saying so. Better discovered before you over do it. Hope you recover enough for the trip.

    commutterboy: YIKES! Even as a tailwind! I read someone's wind scale for cycling and >45 mph = in the ditch, bike on top.

    langford: Intersting Ob. CommuterBoy: Cute. Real Cute In a similar (less than helpful) vein: Skedadaling from the proverbial chicken (to avoid or to be the reason why the dumb cluck crossed the road)?

    langford: In a more helpful vein: Which way was the sun? (Were they phototaxic? That is headed to, or away from the sun?) Warming with their max area (sides) to the sun? Likely minimizing dehydration if some headed toward and some away but none broadside to sun. Rocky and Bulwinkle weren't nearby herding them?

    s0ckeyeus: Yeah. Having minor issues with the friction and cables sticking. Partially was running the 6-8 chain with the 9 speed cassette fat-tired wheels off the other bike, shifted OK on the stand... The new 9 speed chain helped some. (Ya think?) Clean, lube, maybe replacing cables is next.

    Got stuff to do including riding. Let's see NOT get shot at . Check. Not run into truck. Check. Not ride in 100 mph winds. Check. Not think about dumb worms. Check. Clean, lube cables. Check...
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    Was ok was against the wind the whole time. The ride today also showed me that they really need to enforce the driving on cellphone law (this is mainly teenage drivers) a girl pulled out past the "stop line" then slammed on the brakes, luckily I was watching as usual and rode around her shaking my head. I think suburban driving is just as dangerous as you city folk, it is so uncommon here to see anyone on a bike no one thinks.

    Was today movie prop day? There were guys wood chipping, street cleaning, ace hardware, etc all over the road today it was like a mini obstacle course.

    @Normbit How does he like the new Caad9? And from what I understand Cannondale stopped making bikes in the US last year. The guy in the middle to the left in the second photo, does he notice any weight distribution issues with a pannier only on one side? I'm glad I got a kickstand now a lot of shop owners have yelled at me for leaving a bike lean against or window or close to one.

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    Half an inch of new wet snow in the morning. I expect it will melt by the time I leave work.

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    Doh! I drove in! Decided to take a two hour nap this evening before starting my week (at 11PM) and when my alarm went off I just hit the clock and stayed in bed for "a few more minutes". The next thing I knew it was 10:45.... Sh!T!!! I was on a roll- 100% bike commutes so far for 2010. Well, there`s always 2011, I guess. At least I just managed to save my butt at work. I clocked in at 11:03, which will go on the computer as 23.0 since it changes to 23.1 at six minutes after, I think. We`ll find out tomorrow night if I have an email from my boss.
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    Uhh, I'm happy to have flexible working hours.... Unless there's anything special, I can arrive a bit early or a bit late (an hour here or there), as long as I put in the total hours and the job gets done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    The next thing I knew it was 10:45.... Sh!T!!! I was on a roll- 100% bike commutes so far for 2010. Well, there`s always 2011, I guess. At least I just managed to save my butt at work.
    My sympathies, Rodar! I didn't realize you were on such a roll. I used to see someone on the 7pm-7am shift so I know it's a challenge, especially fitting in all your other life stuff. Just round uo or down like they do; if you ride 99.51% of the days, we'll call it 100%.

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    I have a theory that the barometric pressure or something associated with a good storm affects people's sleeping habits a lot more than we realize. I think Rodar is the latest victim of this phenomenon. This storm kept blowing in all night, and unleashed some pretty heavy rain. It JUST started snowing (I've been at work for 20 minutes), which is just what they said it would do...at least the wind let up enough for me to have a halfway decent ride in the rain this morning...but I overslept my alarm by a good 15 minutes...I was in a a frantic rush to get out of the house...this happens regularly during a good storm. And on my ride in to work on these days I swear I see way less traffic. I think that people everywhere are sleeping in on accident because of the storm. Call me crazy...
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    Well, I guess I feel better now that I have two good options- either claim victimization by the barometer or a little creativity in presenting the statistics. Now I just have to decide which of the two is in my best interest.

    For what it`s worth, I work 11 to 7 now but I worked 12 hour shifts for years (mostly 7PM to 7AM) and I`d love to go back to 12s. I really miss my 4-day weekends. And there used to be a bit of flexibility for us, too. When there were two or there of us on each shift, and no punch clock, we were SUPPOSED to work from X to X, but nobody really cared if something came up and we adjusted a little. Now that there`s only one machinist on most of the time, things are a lot more rigid. If there`s a little gap in coverage, that`s exactly when a bearing will seize up or a gear box will go postal, and management tends to get huffy if they find out that an expensive machine (along with a six-person crew) was down with nobody working on it.
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    Four day weekends would be awesome. They can't convince the kids to come to school for 12 hours a day though, so until then I'll have to stick with only 10 weeks off in the summer

    Oh, weather update: It is officially snowing sideways. I can't see that tree across the parking lot.
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    Yikes! I go away for a few days and look at all the, er, adventures you all are having!

    We're getting part of the same storm down here. Strong winds today - up to 70 mph in the mountains (glad I'm not up there!), snow down to 4,000 ft. It was a tough ride; I head west in the morning, which happened to be directly into the wind (that's usually the case). Should be a good tailwind coming home!

    I was glad to be able to ride today. I thought I busted my tailbone while snowboarding on Friday, but luckily I just bruised it pretty good (I still can't get off the danged ski lifts without falling most of the time). It hurts to shift weight on it - standing up, sitting down, pedaling from a stop, certain twists of the body, etc, but it's feeling better every day. I'm also glad it's not broke because I have to help set up a playing field for a robot competition tomorrow (lifting things may be a challenge) and inspect robots from Thursday to Saturday (and I want to do some more snowboarding before the snow melts!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I have a theory that the barometric pressure or something associated with a good storm affects people's sleeping habits a lot more than we realize..... I think that people everywhere are sleeping in on accident because of the storm. Call me crazy...
    OK, Your'e Crazy! I liked 'CommuterBoy' better. But I'd say rather that you are an astute observer. Check this out:

    http://www.matthewckeller.com/Keller_PsySci_2005.pdf

    Nice weather (high pressure VERY high correlation) improved peoples' moods especially in the spring IF they get outside. If trapped inside, it seemed to worsen their moods.

    Now anyone who has or have dealt with people who are prone to depression, the wanting to sleep, hitting the snooze too often, and other behaviors are associated. SO feeling blah on a rainy morning after a rainy day, especially in the spring after some nice days and a hard winter, is PAR for the course! Feeling chipper: bright eyed and bushy tailed, up and at 'em! Feeling glum chum: stick in bed, stagger about bleary eyed, desire to curl up with a nice book and doze.

    So what does 'Crazy' aka CommutterBoy win, Bob?

    Absolutely Nothing! Except the knowledge that this theory of his is NOT an indication that he's nuttier than Rocky Mountain Oysters or riding a few kPa shy of full inflation, (The jury may still out, but it isn't a slam dunk case.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Doh! I drove in! Decided to take a two hour nap this evening before starting my week (at 11PM) and when my alarm went off I just hit the clock and stayed in bed for "a few more minutes". The next thing I knew it was 10:45.... Sh!T!!! I was on a roll- 100% bike commutes so far for 2010. Well, there`s always 2011, I guess. At least I just managed to save my butt at work. I clocked in at 11:03, which will go on the computer as 23.0 since it changes to 23.1 at six minutes after, I think. We`ll find out tomorrow night if I have an email from my boss.
    It happens brother, it happens. Don't sweat it too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I have a theory that the barometric pressure or something associated with a good storm affects people's sleeping habits a lot more than we realize. I think Rodar is the latest victim of this phenomenon. This storm kept blowing in all night, and unleashed some pretty heavy rain. It JUST started snowing (I've been at work for 20 minutes), which is just what they said it would do...at least the wind let up enough for me to have a halfway decent ride in the rain this morning...but I overslept my alarm by a good 15 minutes...I was in a a frantic rush to get out of the house...this happens regularly during a good storm. And on my ride in to work on these days I swear I see way less traffic. I think that people everywhere are sleeping in on accident because of the storm. Call me crazy...
    This is true. It definitely effects my sleeping patterns, though I think the humidity has more to do with it than the actual barometric pressure. But who knows? It could certainly be related.
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    Perfectly calm, sunny, and about 70 degrees was my commute. Doesn't get much better than that!

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    Three and a half hours until I leave for work and I will NOT be taking another nap tonight. It`s currently snowing (sticking for the first time today) with a light breeze. Today has been a real mix- I think we`ve seen it all. Clear sky with bright sunshine, heavy cloud cover, gale strength gusts, dead air, snow, hail, rain. Temps have been pretty constant at least, somewhere in the high 40s or low 50s by my guess. I need a thermometer. For now, I`m just hoping that the wind doesn`t pick up again for my ride in.
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    hey guys, thanks again for your words...

    tomorrow is my first arm test going to work and will be also a gear arrangement test:



    In the nicely strapped Sleeping Bag there is also my tent inside (thanks for the advice rodar)...I know I can put it on top of the trunk bag, but I want to leave it open since the food is going to be there.

    planned elevation route...first day going down to Km92, second day to km 127 and back to 92, and third day from 92 to 0.


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    The sleeping bag looks kind of loose, Martin. It looks like it`s hanging more than cinched on and will probably get looser and lower with each bump in the road. Can you tie it more tightly to the rack struts to keep it from swinging and bouncing? And you decided against the pannier? If you aren`t going to use it, you might as well split the bag and the tent again and put one on each side- exact weight distribution is kind of an overkill, but close is definitely preferable. Good idea keeping room in the trunk for food. It should stay comfortable there without getting smashed. Your distances look pretty safe. Hope your arm does well.

    Oh, I just reread you post. So, you`re going to ride to work with your load? Cool plan!
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    well, I push it down to see and it seems that is going to be good...I will probably think some better tying tomorrow....on the right side of the rack is going to be my pannier, it is very small, if I put the sleeping bag or the tent there, it won't be space for anything, if it fits!!

    the Plan is...Tent-Sleeping on the left side....trunk bag with food (full, I don't plan to eat too much on restaurants)....and pannier on the right with anything else I think I'll need.

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    Today a few degrees above freezing and into a headwind. But the hill that so intimidated me when I first started out is no longer an issue

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    A couple of degrees below freezing, sun shining in the morning. The gravel paths that were soaked yesterday were hard as pavement.

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    Next two days are my "weekend" and I am not going to touch the bike. 5 days of commuting in a row for the first time has left me sore and tired. Today was hot, 80s and sunny and lots of bugs along the canal.

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    What canal you ride? I was on the Western Canal from Dobson to Mills Mall tonight around 10, not too many bugs that late.

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    Very cool Tom, I ride from Baseline to Price Rd. I actually ride to the Chandler Mall. Kinda funny that we ride opposite ways on the same path to different malls. What do you do ride and what do you do there?

    I ride a green ironhorse and im kinda fat. lol. I do loss prevention at Sears, which is basically catch shoplifters.

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    Another 4wd commute in the Jeep this morning. Curious to hear about Rodar's ride home this morning...pretty nasty out there. Conditions seem like it did the freezing rain thing until 2 or 3 in the morning, and then switched to snow on top. Very slippery with about 3 inches of fresh on top of the ice for me. Maybe I've gone soft after my freezing fog episodes this winter, but I drove with no guilt. I earned it riding through that wind over the past couple of days.

    This is our 151st school day of the year...my 13th driving day. Not bad with 40 school days remaining. My best year ever was 5 1/2 driving days... that was back when Al Gore made the snow go away for almost an entire winter.
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    ok guys, I don't feel the arm any badder or better right now, so I guess that is good, let's see how it evolves during the day.

    bumps in the road were a little pain, specially the little ones, I felt the hematoma vibrating with them after a couple I tried to pass them only with the left arm on the handlebar.

    you were right rodar...will work on a better tie tonight.

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    AZnewb, I hope your rest helps you out. Can`t hurt, right?

    SpecialEd, morning commute was a piece of cake today. Going in last night was pretty windy and it finally did get cold, but still not too bad. You got 3 inches? We got a few dustings, but that`s about it.

    Martinsillo, I mentioned putting half of that on the other side because I thought you were going to leave the pannier at home for some reason. If you`re still going to use it, you`re probably on the right track with the bag and tent on the other side. Do you know how to use a loop to pull the cord nice and tight? Your bag will still be bulky, but as long as it`s tight you should be okay. Will you leave on Friday morning? Good luck with that arm!
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    @Rodar
    Do you know how to use a loop to pull the cord nice and tight?
    I guess not my knot was a simple one close to a shoe lace!

    Will you leave on Friday morning?
    Yeah, Friday 5 am....according to the people I mentioned the route there is a cave at km 30 were you can see the Bats entering or leaving, so the goal will be getting there at the right moment and see them coming back.

    I saw the truck today btw, same spot waiting for me
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    Trucker`s hitch:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXih0...eature=related
    This guy uses some specialized vocabulary, but his demo is very nice. It`s a little bit different for your use, but you`ll get the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZnewbie
    Very cool Tom, I ride from Baseline to Price Rd. I actually ride to the Chandler Mall. Kinda funny that we ride opposite ways on the same path to different malls. What do you do ride and what do you do there?

    I ride a green ironhorse and im kinda fat. lol. I do loss prevention at Sears, which is basically catch shoplifters.
    Usually I am not on the canal, just decided to try something different last night. In the morning I start out from Baseline/48th St and head to Ray/101, then back in the evening. I ride an old black and white LeMond road bike with a rear rack and a pannier. Maybe I will see you en route some time.

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    Didn't do it!!! to wet drove in with the trail bike in the back of the truck......Gonna hit some trails after work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Trucker`s hitch:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXih0...eature=related
    This guy uses some specialized vocabulary, but his demo is very nice. It`s a little bit different for your use, but you`ll get the idea.
    nice...thanks..will work on that..I will probably need to cut the rope in pieces to do a better job... I'll post something tonight.

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    Rode into a wind listed at 18 gusting to well above 20. A semi went by in the opposite traffic lane (I was on shoulder) where a valley accellerates the wind, and it acted like an airfoil. I was hit so hard my helmet rolled on my head, both the mirror arm, and the mirror on its end were twisted out of alignment. Those are stiff ball joints and only about 1" of area to the mirror. I can now relate to those gulls moving along when a inshore gust brings them to near zero ground speed. Cripes! Good it as brief and seemed to be much less on the rest of the body/bike. Boundary layer effect, I guess. Of course on the return the wind shifted round enough so dreams of highest gear and sailing on the wind were blown away. Got into second highest Once. Briefly.

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    hey rodar...check this out!


    Three perfect loops and three Trucker's Hitch Knots!

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    BrianM: the wind blew your mirror out of whack? Must have been pretty hard!
    Martin: You`re cooking with gas
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    BrianM: the wind blew your mirror out of whack? Must have been pretty hard!
    Felt like I stepped in and out of a turboprop's wash. I was downhill accellerating the wrong way for about 2-3 seconds. VERY weird. Definitely in the ditch bike on top category if it hadn't been a microburst sort of thing. First time in 50 years of cycling. Always something new. All's well that end's well.

    Also FIRST day since last October with no underlayers at all! Sweated like a pig! Wind burned. Need to break out the sunscreen. Gawd that felt GREAT! 80 F today!. Spare water bottle time.

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    Snow's gone. Nice ride today. Spring break starts tomorrow
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    Glorious day here today, sunny, expecting 65F! Can't go out til the end of the day or I won't come back! Nice ride after work to friend's. Checked it out on googlemaps & almost every turn had a photo:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...&z=11&lci=bike

    Also got a nice elevation map on mapmyride; click view elevation & scroll down

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    ^^ The east coast would be cool. You could ride through two states in one afternoon!
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    The ride in was pretty good although the road in was a bit wet, and I got some mud on my paints. At lunch I scored a new pair of pants, then took a look at my mtb and saw i had a flat. It's a bummer since I left the pump , patch kit & tube in the car

    Going forward, I think I'll keep an extra tube, tire irons and pump at work.



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    Had the first "commuter race moment" in a long time this morning, when I was turning right out of my parking lot shortcut and saw a cyclist approaching from the left in the bike lane. I took off spinning and just like last time, by then time I reached the next stop sign he was nowhere to be seen. Not sure if I smoked him or if he just turned off somewhere, but it was great exercise. As non-competitive as I seem most of the time, I do find that another cyclist following is great motivation to ride harder and faster than normal. It's a nice training tool once in awhile.
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    jkmacman, your Giant looks REEEEEEEALLLY long in that picture for some reason. Wheelbase looks seriously stretched out. Is that just becuase I've been staring at my new 29er for so long?

    I pack a spare tube/pump/patch kit in the backpack, and keep a floor pump at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    jkmacman, your Giant looks REEEEEEEALLLY long in that picture for some reason. Wheelbase looks seriously stretched out. Is that just becuase I've been staring at my new 29er for so long?

    I pack a spare tube/pump/patch kit in the backpack, and keep a floor pump at work.
    Here's the commute to work on google mas as recorded w/my droid.

    Created by My Tracks on Android.

    Total Distance: 6.58 km (4.1 mi)
    Total Time: 23:37
    Moving Time: 21:26
    Average Speed: 17.01 km/h (10.6 mi/h)
    Average Moving Speed: 18.41 km/h (11.4 mi/h)
    Max Speed: 30.96 km/h (19.2 mi/h)
    Min Elevation: -17 m (-55 ft)
    Max Elevation: 12 m (39 ft)
    Elevation Gain: 75 m (246 ft)
    Max Grade: 7 %
    Min Grade: -8 %
    Recorded: Thu Apr 01 08:35:42 EDT 2010
    Activity type: -
    My commute is only 4 miles, but i should keep a pump in the bag i carry anyway for u-lock. Maybe get another heavy duty combo wire lock and at least keep the pump, tube & irons here at work. I have an extra top tube pump getting dust at home. In the mean time, I just saw my wife, she's gonna double back for me after work

    I just put on flat bars as well as the seat post bolt, so the mtb looks kinda low. I like the flatness but i'd prefer a bend in the bar for ergonomics. the tire guy had the coolest mtb bars ever. Kinda like road bars, they were drops but not compatible w/standard break shifters
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    Happy New Year! Well April 1 used to be, and you brought presents. So when the New Year's was pushed back, some still came around with gifts or pranks, April 1.

    So in thanks of the best riding day since 2009, I decided to try the 35 mm 'fat' tires on a rough bunch of scenic pavement I gave up on with 28 mm as a photo-commute/commune with nature.



    At home the buds appeared well formed yesterday and threatening to open at 9:00 am. By noon, they were in full glory. See the little lipstick red ones and the leaves the oaks carry until new buds force them off in the spring. We just cleared that bed last week!

    This should look pretty 'Vermontish' to one of you (at least):



    Harrisville Quarry. This is in the southern part of the county were the galcial till dates to 20,000 years ago and the runoff of the melting Wisconsin Glacier 10,000 years ago cut a rolling topograpghy that went to the bedrock here. The limestone in the quarry beyond the bridge built many bridges and official buildings here in the 19th Century.



    A half a mile on, we see a dry fit stone wall. Typical of New England, almost as rare as hen's teeth in Indiana. Imagine the labor! Makes climbing these hills look like child's play.



    Same wall showing sloping hill behind. One of the milder ones, but not the flat pictures I sent before, is it?

    Around the corner from the fence and hard to do justice to without a telephoto or tresspassing is another of the county's stone arch bridges.



    At the other end of the road, the road recrosses the meandering stream and there is this three arch bridge. The Duchess is leaning against the bridge at mid span.



    Looking upstream mid span. A mallard pair are swimming upstream don't know if I clicked in time to see them.



    Looking west towards the church and the rolling topography.



    To show you not all bridges are made of stone, here is another steel truss bridge restored in place with the modern wider bridge beside it the next road South.

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    Maybe ran out of memory on cell phone. Sorry for the low res/small pictures.

    So other than discovering the only remaining sunscreen was years past the use date, today was perfect. These roads are definitely for big tires. I might use lower pressure next time. Missed a disguised rim bender of a pothole with a quick deke. Had a Boxer and a Hound mess with me even though I was barely walking pace after stopping for a drink. Thought they might just trot along. Nope. They came from three houses away. Soft talk: nope. Command, nope. Boxer still closing in on the foot. A little Halt! in the air above them to waft down, that stopped him. They still came out agressive on the return. They slowed at the sight of the Halt! but persisted for another dose a bit lower and with the wind really behind it. Tomorrow I'll have to report the owners. Sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman
    It's a bummer since I left the pump , patch kit & tube in the car
    It takes a brave cyclist to ride regularly without a way to deal with a flat available.

    Hey, what`s a "Droid"? Some kind of GPS? I like how you managed to get elevation and grade data on Google Maps. And you really move along, huh? That would be impressive for a roadbike, IMO. VERY impressive for mtb.

    Gary, I know what you mean about having the hidden racer wake up. I see other riders only once in a blue moon (on my commute or otherwise), but I know that when we go down to Sac and ride the bikepath I get caught up in it. Usually it doesn`t last long though- after two minutes of me busting my butt the other guys are out of sight around the next curve and my wife hasn`t even noticed that we were flying along at 7.5 MPH rather than out normal 6.0
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    good commutes on the past two days...I even feel the arm better today than yesterday...I'll do the trip....preparing everything towards to...including putting back the granny... just in case

    hey rodar....

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    preparing everything towards to...including putting back the granny... just in case
    well, not happening without a crank removal tool... is up to my legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    good commutes on the past two days...I even feel the arm better today than yesterday
    That`s very good news. Don`t worry about the granny (OMG!) too much. Five O`clock tomorrow, huh? iConste! Que descanses.
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    The numbers are kilos. I just got some skinnier mtb tires from nashbar 1.85 michellin on front and back. The droid is the google phone and we have an array of threads on the gps section

    for the woods I got a delorme pn40 and I have a garnmn 405 for roadie stuff
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    75 and sunny on the way down today! Rode the whole way in a t shirt and sunshine! second time so far, even the ride home was pretty warm 55 with hardly a breeze. I'll take that any day. Made my first commute on the 1x1. The wide tires soak up these mangled pothole ridden cracked up poor excuse for streets with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    hey rodar...check this out!


    Three perfect loops and three Trucker's Hitch Knots!
    Oh and Martinsillo, one more tip, try and keep that orange rope out of your wheel, it'll really slow your forward momentum if it gets hung up around the hub! Last year when me and my brother were rideing up this hill in the adirondacks, we looked up, and here she came, downhill on a mountaiin bike with a army duffle bag strapped on her back and it was stuffed to the top. She had on an army hat too and looked like she rolled right out of Vietnam, it looked like she was in the woods for a month. We joked about her the whole trip, we thought she might have a dead rabbit rolled up in leaves in that pack of her's for dinner. There's some hardcore bike packers in them thar parts.

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    Getting ready to roll out now- PNW temp has dropped some as "a storm" is heading in. We'll see. The last couple of days have been grand commuting- sunny with purdy clouds over the sound, despite forecasts for rain likely (but that is typical).

    http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/west/nepac/flash-wv.html

    Last night my home crew called up with invite for a 10 day Moab/Fruita junket leaving a month from now. So I may have to leave my Planet X at home, and run my heavier commuters, tote hardcovers, rocks, so I don't caboose the whole time while in Utah, Colo.

    While everybody is working on their Nashbar CX projects led by CB, I'll be finishing my Access 9r with bin parts and get that running before Monday. ( I had a in-my-head race with CB to finish before him but it didn't happen.)

    Whatever the case, I have to get in whatever better shape than I am in now. The Home Boys In Nevada City are crankin' out 2 big rides a week, at least, as usual, always canyons involved. My Heckler is waiting in a shed down there, but I am bringing new wheels and fork, BB. May the steed reward me back with xtra vigor for the attention. Ha!

    May everybody have a safe to & fro today!

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    Good Friday Commute

    These puppies came last night from Nashbar

    YT-XAT-1.85 MICHELIN XC AT MOUNTAIN B *

    $5.99 ea. put 1.85" on front and back for commuting (this is the stock wheel set). Wheel set 1 getting same tire 2" on back, maybe on front too, as I currently have 2.4" conti mtn king (not protection) on front and back. Any suggestions?






    Cooked to work, as I beat yesterdays time and I started logging at bottom of hill



    Track 11 (End)
    Last Updated by jkmacman 9 minutes ago

    Created by My Tracks on Android.

    Total Distance: 6.51 km (4.0 mi)
    Total Time: 19:44
    Moving Time: 15:56
    Average Speed: 20.26 km/h (12.6 mi/h)
    Average Moving Speed: 24.51 km/h (15.2 mi/h)
    Max Speed: 38.88 km/h (24.2 mi/h)
    Min Elevation: -15 m (-49 ft)
    Max Elevation: 22 m (73 ft)
    Elevation Gain: 87 m (285 ft)
    Max Grade: 9 %
    Min Grade: -9 %
    Recorded: Fri Apr 02 08:37:27 EDT 2010
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    Look to where the river ends, or where the river starts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman
    The numbers are kilos.
    Sheesh! You shouldn`t have pointed that out to me- I was in awe!
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    Unseasonably warm weather 60-65 & sunny made for 2 great rides yesterday afternoon & this a.m. Yesterday after work (well, I left early, I couldn't take the sunshine!) the bikers were out, saw a pack of about 10 roadies, had a single roadie pass me without a word, then a bunch of 2-3 person groups and more singles, including 1 helmetless woman. wore a T shirt & shorts & was hot at first! I was going down a +/- 1 mile hill with a narrow but nice paved shoulder, but had to avoid what looked to be a car stereo in my path - you never know what will end up on the shoulder. Had a tandem loaded logging truck pass me twice, he must have stopped for something. This a.m., guessing about 40, added a few layers & felt great. Clear on the hills & super foggy in the river valley, glad I had my blinkys going. Still hilly on the a.m. ride, but a lot less elevation gain than the reverse route, so I bettered yesterday's avg by almost half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Gary, I know what you mean about having the hidden racer wake up. I see other riders only once in a blue moon (on my commute or otherwise), but I know that when we go down to Sac and ride the bikepath I get caught up in it. Usually it doesn`t last long though- after two minutes of me busting my butt the other guys are out of sight around the next curve and my wife hasn`t even noticed that we were flying along at 7.5 MPH rather than out normal 6.0
    You do that on the tandem?!? Hee hee. I'd really like to get a tandem some day, though I'm sure between the "missus" and I it will be quite the comedy act.
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    No dogs. No guns. Just an idiot who apexed the turn into the subdivision about 1 foot from the corner on an entrance hidden by a tall hedge. So much for yielding the opposite lane to any oncoming traffic. He couldn't see it until he hit the apex!. He didn't end up with a bike in his door only by my quick braking. A foot is way too close, and he didn't slow OR even change line! I yelled 'get on your side' , which I thought a rather restrained retort, under the circumstances. His response was unintelligible but clearly unrepentant. Followed by salutes. If he wasn't visiting, I'll be likely be seeing him again.

    Or maybe not. If he continues in that vein, his ride and license may both be done in. Gary TNTC, saw the other thread, and wondered if you thought that might call for a Big Bertha?

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    Talked with Norm who nearly creamed me a week ago Thursday. To refresh, he turned left from a lane in the same direction I was going just as I was passing in front of him and when I was convinced he had seen me and was holding for me to go by. He didn't sleep well that night. A good sign. (As is the lack of little stencilled pedestian, cyclist and vehicle 'kills' marked on his car door.)

    I was descending the hill towards where the entrance to the Country Club 'tees' in (like that pun?) and he guesses that I was mostly hidden by the Country Club's Sign when he looked that way. He said it was good I had a loud voice. (Adrenalin helps.) He said he couldn't believe he missed seeing me as I was easy enough to see. For my part I am glad I didn't use any 'colorful metaphors'.

    We are invisible! We are cyclists. We all hail from the great State of Paranoia. Even those not out to get us sometimes act as if they are out to get us.

    Need to ride and do yard work. Back in a few hours with some pics: spring is popping here.

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    Camera phone setttings changed. I need to reset it. For now lets go with the impressionistic output. Think Monet.

    Weeping Cherry (lower branches thereof), Myrtle, & our first Dandelion . Tomorrow it's History. Tulips and small daffodils. Grape Hyacinth and Myrtle. Bottom Trout Lily and May Flowers. Magnolias are flowering as are Forsythia and the Calary Pears. My peach tree will blosom very soon. My eyes are itchy, so full blown hay fever is around the corner.

    First mowing today. About two weeks late.

    I will swap back to my 28 mm Panaracers tomorrow. It is supposed to rain and should wash the last of the stuff off the roads. Another ride with 15-20 mph winds and a 15 mph average at 65-75% max pulse rate. Still burning excess weight.

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    Mty - Teran - Mty

    Ok guys...I made it!..awesome first mini-tour!











    more pics on flickr too

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    Mini tour?? Wow, Martin, it looks like you saw everything! Your photos showed such a variety of sights and terrain. Congrats on your safe and interesting journey!

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    Yay! And nice pics, too- `specially the top one. I`m going to flickr to check out the rest. Hey, muracielagos with all that moon? You still have blood, don`t you?
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    Super easy commute last three days, but I think my legs are burnt out. Probably take the day off tomorrow

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    Thanks!...yeah, it was a really great trip. On their website they call themselves an Oasis in N.L.... I'm really worried about how to overcome this mini-trip with another one in the same state....I mean...I even saw a Camel!

    @rodar
    I was late to see the bats coming in...but the locals told me that in the mornings they get in a disperse way...that the best is to go there at 6:30 pm to see them going out all at the same time...I think I'll do that with the car sometime.
    Again, thanks for the help...I had to learn some things by the hard way, but that was great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    more pics on flickr too
    Wow, man- that was great! You really found some nice scenery! And I`m glad you ended up grabbing a lot of local food, too -the way you were talking I thought you were just going to eat cold stuff you packed with you. My favorite thing about Mexico is eating from mercados, vendors in the plazas, and roadside stops.

    I see you have a longer writeup on your blog- time to check that one out now.

    EDIT: Whoops, not yet. You can bet I`ll be there to read all the gory details when you get them up.
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    I am dogsitting this week so I'm trying to do less commuting & more trail riding with "Bode", a yellow lab, while his "mother" is skiing @ Snowbird. Some trails have opened, took him on 6 mi of singletrack yesterday & then this a.m. for 45 minutes on the snowmobile trails behind my house. He loved it & I forgot how much fun it is to have a good trail dog. It was nice to get a taste of early season dirt! Only downside is he likes to go in every pond & muckhole you pass, but I couldn't blame him, he was working pretty hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Wow, man- that was great! You really found some nice scenery! And I`m glad you ended up grabbing a lot of local food, too -the way you were talking I thought you were just going to eat cold stuff you packed with you. My favorite thing about Mexico is eating from mercados, vendors in the plazas, and roadside stops.

    I see you have a longer writeup on your blog- time to check that one out now.
    yeah well, I prepared two large meals for the road, the first, a large spaghetti plate I ate it on Friday at noon, I was even able to heat it on a microwave in a little road store. The second, meat fajitas...was planned to be my lunch for Saturday, I had it frozen but when I checked it on Friday night it turned out to be already defrosted so I ate it as a dinner....those Tacos were my lunch for Saturday.

    I plan to post numbers and relevant stuff from the trip on the blog soon.

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    We`ve had general yuck for most of the past week, but I noticed that it was looking very nice yesterday morning and no scary looking clouds in sight to the South or West (where our weather usually comes from), so I took advantage of a quick wind break and hopped on my roadie for a nice spin around the valleys north of town. Left around 8:30 and the wind was just starting to pick up as I was rolling back into my own valley around 11:00. Pretty sweet ride- got in over 30 miles and I think it was my only extracurricular riding all week. The five current day forecast looks much better from tomorrow afternoon on.


    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    It was nice to get a taste of early season dirt! Only downside is he likes to go in every pond & muckhole you pass, but I couldn't blame him, he was working pretty hard.
    ...and no shortage of muckholes this time of year, I betcha! So, now is it dirt season on all your carpeting? Probably looks like mine after tromping to the shed and back, then through the front room a few times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    ...and no shortage of muckholes this time of year, I betcha! So, now is it dirt season on all your carpeting? Probably looks like mine after tromping to the shed and back, then through the front room a few times!
    Yes, between the dirt and the doghair, the carpet is taking a beating. Does not compare with the first year I lived here though - my road was so muddy and rutted that you were basically grading it with the undercarriage of your car. Hit about 81 Saturday though, and sunny but cooler Sunday, so things are drying out slowly.

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    Nice pix Martin, I am jealous!

    Had to attend a "Transition to Office 2007" type of class today at the County Center. Makes my round-trip commute today about 10 miles, which is great.
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    Cool pics Martin... I wanna go on a mini tour.

    Spring break for me....this week, all my rides are for pure enjoyment. Might hook up the trailer and drag the kids up the rail trail for a little workout...if it will stop freaking snowing. Feels like winter break so far.

    Just installed a new 8 speed cassette, chain, and derailleur on the Nashbike... it's ready to shift like a champ when I go back to work. Took the fenders off too...hoping that will make it rain all week THIS week, so it's nice when I go back to the commute.
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    Snowing here today, too. Just might be the last "stick" snow of the year. What do you think, CB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Just installed a new 8 speed cassette, chain, and derailleur on the Nashbike... it's ready to shift like a champ when I go back to work. Took the fenders off too...hoping that will make it rain all week THIS week, so it's nice when I go back to the commute.

    Who but a bikecommuter hopes for rain during their week off??

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    More scenes of botannical sex. (No mountains, so whatcha goin't'do?)



    Nice Magnoloia with a couple of close shots. About 1 year in 10 the frost doesn't nail these and they are glorious. This year was one. A nice Calary Pear specimen too.

    I did a nano-micro-mini tour this afternoon. (32 miles, was to be longer but I had to deliver meals for Bread of Life (Like meals on wheels and had to short circuit the return). The SPF 30 is giving me a farmer's tan already. I prepared water and energy bar meals. (No Taco stands here.)

    64 F at 7:00 this morning. That's a good afternoon temp this time of year. It was above 80 F today. The wind was 10-20 on the way out and died down to 5-8 at the end of the ride when I could have used it. Well at least it wasn't a headwind.



    Westfield Covered Bridge, Westfield Indiana. Needed to be riding a Penny-Farthing to be in period. Bridge is 100 years older that the bike frame. Nice trestle and arch construction. You can see where trees coming down in spring flood have taken chunks out of the siding. The wood plank road bed rides very well. East end has plaque. Very fast descent to the west side.

    Gotta go. Tornado Warning. Better now than when riding!

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    Martinsillo, that mini tour through Mexico looked great! Man I wish I could order something from that taco stand, Mexican foods my favoriite. For some reason I thought you were touring the Adirondacks? Duh Anyway the weather's been unseasonably warm here in the Northeast, just got home and had a t-shirt on the whole way, and I was sweating!

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    By the way, what did you order from that taco stand?

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    hey Andy...thanks...I'm in the office and can't see it now but on flickr there is a pic of my meal....was Tacos Mixtos (meat and sausage)

    Take a second rest day today.. I was following an itchy throat and some fever I had on Sunday...the fever is gone, it was the sun probably ( I got a nice tan btw)... I thought it was going to be a cold or something, but no, the itchy throat it's been attacked as an allergy right now...back on the saddle tomorrow...my butt is thankful for this break anyways

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    Beautiful photos, martin! Thanks for sharing!

    The weather has been crazy here. High winds all weekend and into yesterday; they blew in a storm that briefly dumped some rain on us about midday. The winds were coming out of the west, so I had a nice tailwind on the way home last night and I even hit 30mph (a personal best ).

    I was lazy last week - I rode in every day, but got a ride home Wed-Sat because I was volunteering for the FIRST Robotics competition held at my campus and so I got away late (after dark) and I kept forgetting to replace the batteries in my headlight.

    Sorry about the crazy sentences; allergies are making me feel tired.

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    The last five rides have been windy and 1/2 to 2 X as strong as forecast even on the hourly forcast seen before setting out. Today was 15-20. No way Jose! Got back, and Ooops! the wind speed listed was 25-30. Sorreeee!

    I have never drifted laterally on both wheels 6-8" on concrete with those ice slits while riding straight before. It was gusting to about 40. Yeah, 45 mph is close to the blown into with ditch bike on top level. Semi driver's at least understood, so when I went to the shoulder (low tradffic road with a poor shoulder) they slowed and gave wide berth. The front tire center took on a sandpapered look from the wear. Tired of circa 15 mph runs. Time for the 28 mm and lighter wheels.

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    hey guys...check this out...I promise stop bothering you with my trip soon

    <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AxPjKzVI_is&hl=es_ES&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AxPjKzVI_is&hl=es_ES&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>

    what really amazed me was that they didn't fly away like the rest of the birds did when I passed them by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    what really amazed me was that they didn't fly away like the rest of the birds did when I passed them by.
    Birds of a feather flock together?

    Gracias!

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    Wow, Martin, those birds are really loud on your recording. Love the trip reports, will have to check out your blog too. I'm still dogsitting & have had a lot of fieldwork this week too, so bike commuting on hold this week. Forecast of 60's & rain was way off today, it is sunny & 77.

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    Lots of "excitement" around these parts. Last night I'm riding home, just sort of lazily pedaling along, kind of tired when I hear Nynn-Nynn-Nynn-Nynn-Nynn-Nynn! coming up on my right. It's some fruitcake on an electric bike, trying to pass me on the sidewalk! I'm like OH HELL NO, I'm not getting passed by this guy! I hit the gas and smoked him.

    My old cantis have been getting worse and worse and nothing I do really improves their stopping power (new cables, new pads, adjusting the yoke, etc). The back brake is basically useless and the front isn't much better. I'd already decided to replace them with v-brakes, plus some other upgrades and was going to order my parts this week when this afternoon my front brake failed right after I left the house. Coming down a hill I heard POP-POP-POP as the front lever got looser and looser. I guess the cable was unraveling, because as I was walking it back to the house I was fooling with it and the whole thing just popped open. Good thing I wasn't near the bottom of a really steep hill. Haven't ridden my hard tail for awhile so I guess I'll be commuting on that for a week or so until I get things fixed. Going to tune it up tonight, mount some lights and start commuting on it tomorrow morning. Today though, I didn't have time so I just grabbed my GF's bike and got back on the road. Thank gawd for bike addiction, you're never without a spare! Anyway, back on the road I was running late so I had to take the shorter route. At a stop light a roadie pulls up and shoals me and I'm wondering whats going to happen when the light changes. As the light turns green, I take off in a hurry as he's still trying frantically to clip in. Commuter victory is mine! :P
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    back to the thread...

    great weather today..shorts, sleeveless t-shirt and normal fair weather gloves...no tights or jacket are needed anymore ...well...just in the next few (i hope) rainy days.

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    An E-bike on the sidewalk? Jeesh! Somebody's going to hook him bad. Problem solved!

    bike addiction: you can Frankenbike parts between them to your heart's content!

    Did you buy a lottery ticket? It apparently was a lucky unlucky day.

    Commuter victory : Why I love my two-sided pedals I don't HAVE to clip if I don't want to just then. Safer in traffic to have the option of later.

    By 'shoals me' you mean he pulled alongside you in the lane, or moved out in front?

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    No-Brakes Cougar, at least it sounds like you had a good time smoking the e-bike. Whaddaya mean getting worse? They used to work good, and then they didn`? That`s odd- wonder if it was just that fraying cable. Then again, if you`ve got your heart set on new goodies, don`t let me kill your good excuse

    It`s maintenance time for me, too. Back when I had a little money folowing through the ol checking account, I always ordered a few consumables whenever I bought a new batch of fun stuff and had a decent stash of everything. Now that I haven`t been buying goodies, the "warehouse" has run dry and it seems like every bike in the household needed something, so I finally ordered a whole batch of no-fun wear parts. $180 worth and not an upgrade in the bunch! I`ve got tires, cables, one chain, brake pads, and a few rolls of bar wrap comming in. And I went cheap on the tires this time- ordered a pair of Maxxis Overdrives ($26 ea) to replace the T-Serves (~40 ea) on my commuter. I hope they turn out to be a good value. The other tires I ordered are cheapos replacing cheapos, so no worries.
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    Just when I thought it was going to be a Dry Spring
    Ride to work this morning
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    My ride tonight consisted of Mist Rain wind in the face and 38 degrees

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Gary the No-Trash Cougar:

    An E-bike on the sidewalk? Jeesh! Somebody's going to hook him bad. Problem solved!

    By 'shoals me' you mean he pulled alongside you in the lane, or moved out in front?
    The funny thing is, about a month before I had another guy (non-electric) do the same thing, came up behind me out of no where, kept moving from the sidewalk to out in the street.... all over the place trying to pass me. He was persistent, I'll give him that. But when I give chase, if I can't keep up after awhile I'll just drop back. And yes, shoaling (a term coined by BikeSnobNYC) means he went around me and stopped in front.

    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    No-Brakes Cougar, at least it sounds like you had a good time smoking the e-bike. Whaddaya mean getting worse? They used to work good, and then they didn`? That`s odd- wonder if it was just that fraying cable. Then again, if you`ve got your heart set on new goodies, don`t let me kill your good excuse
    My cantis were OK when I first got the bike, but lately I can't get them to grab the way I want. I've replaced cables and pads, tried all manner of adjustments but it's like they're just degrading. I don't know what's wrong. I've sanded the pads and cleaned the braking surfaces on the rims, too. I've decided to upgrade to v-brakes anyway since the ones on my girlfriend's bike are great. This just lights a fire under me.
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    Dang, Normbilt! Did somebody spill a tankerload of green paint? There`s more green in those two pictures than in my whole state! I thought you lived on some kind of frozen tundra up there in IL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Dang, Normbilt! Did somebody spill a tankerload of green paint? There`s more green in those two pictures than in my whole state! I thought you lived on some kind of frozen tundra up there in IL.
    Green is the color you get when all that snow Melts that we had this winter,
    Lately we have had several days way above normal warm temps.

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    Blizzard... Really?

    Ok, so for my first post on these forums, I figured it should be on the commuting thread! I commute to/from work only about 15 miles or so each way, but luckily for me I can ride trails most of the way traversing the mountain side. Anyways, today a freak blizzard came out of nowhere (so it seemed) and the temperature dropped below freezing for my last 15 minutes. There I am, pedaling away in a T-Shirt and shorts looking like a retard! Hah! The last hill was brutal with winds pelting me with snow/hail all the way up. My fingers and knees are starting to get the feeling back now... Anyways, quite the ride! I guess a guy has got to be prepared for anything, eh? Lesson learned maybe?

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    Running late, so I had to take the shorter route. I guess Spring has sprung (for the second time) here in the Bay Area? Nice and warm out. Last night I dusted off the hardtail, pumped the tires up to 40psi (probably the most air they've ever had in them at one time), mounted some lights and rode it to work today for the first time since the rain stopped. I forgot how much fun it is riding this SUV of a bike to work, I missed the hum of knobbies on pavement. Ordered my brakes and a few other upgrades last night. Should arrive next Friday, so that leaves me with about a week of "quality time" commuting with the beast.
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    I saw Sea Otters diving for fish

    in the Alameda estuary as i crossed over the park St bridge. The rest of my commute was good..the sun was out

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    Bode's Pre-Season Trail Report

    MTBX is dogsitting me instead of bikecommuting. We walked the MTB trails today near work. I narrated the sights in this lab report.
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    Still on spring break here...it stopped snowing finally. Here's my 'commute' from yesterday

    Still haven't ridden the commuter with the new cassette, chain, and derailleur. I have to have something to look forward to about going back to work...
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    Damnit, Csmac! You aren`t supposed to order up a blizzard and snowball attack just to one up the recent midroute gunshots!

    Well, we`ll let it slide this time since it`s your first post. 30 miles RT? Wow.
    Welcome.
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    ^^ Yeah, and Csmac, you are giving me flashbacks from this winter's commutes. So far no April snow yet here, but keeping my fingers crossed.

    CB - that looks tasty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    CB - that looks tasty!
    Cool- how did I miss that pic? Last year when were up at the RR museum I remember seeing some info about new mtb/equestrian trails up North of town. Is that where you were?
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    csmac2004: Welcome. I saw the snow on the weather channel in Michigan. Kathryn and I lived several places where late April snows were possible, and I experienced a May snow but not a tee-shirt and short day ending in snow. I commuted there but strictly fair weather back then.

    Swapped wheels back and serviced both bikes and got test rides in today but no 'commute'. Sounds like the wind will be below gale force tomorrow. Be a nice change.

    Otters are nice. So are mountains, water falls, and neat lift bridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Still on spring break here...it stopped snowing finally. Here's my 'commute' from yesterday

    Still haven't ridden the commuter with the new cassette, chain, and derailleur. I have to have something to look forward to about going back to work...

    Worth a couple extra weeks of snow for views like that! on the build

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    [QUOTE=martinsillo] Tacos Mixtos (meat and sausage)



    Tacos looked delicious, and great pics, a real
    mtb tour

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    Spring is in the air in more ways that one in PA and is rich with the aroma of manure which comes with these little black flies that nail you in the eye as you try to peddle out of the swarm. What a day to forget the sunglasses.

    But, it was warm, I'm on the bike, and I could get a few extra miles in on the way home.

    Thunderstorms forecasted today and I whimped out. Speaking of storms, anyone have any thoughts on how riding a bike affects your potential to be hit by lightning? I used to have a theory the rubber insulated you from ground (in a car anyway), but somehow the 1" of tire doesn't seem like enough to prevent an arc.

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    Had to wait for a Freight Train Today. Back to cold temps High 30's to low 40's
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    commute

    I got wet!

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    Getting dry.

    The snow is almost gone, except in the woods and where it was stacked to clear the streets. What happens to melting snow? Correct: you get water. The water is not all gone yet, but there's so little on paths and streets that commuting is a pleasure again.

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    That was like my ride home yesterday. I was stopped alongside a middle-aged woman on a recumbent. I figured on smoking her but when the light turned green she took off like some bat out of hell with rockets up it's ace! I mean, she was hauling tour de france style, passing cars on an uphill. I was dumbstruck until I noticed her electric assist hub!

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    bit of a duel.
    guy shoals up to me (with about 5 or 6 riders behind me, rude!)
    I take off at the lights, decent pace, he passes me 2 blocks down in his 11 cog, good speed, so I tail him for a couple and wait for a nice spot with wide open sprint spaces ahead, gun it, don't look back.
    Hold pace for 5 or 6 blocks until a red makes me drop anchor. He chooses this intersection to turn right around me while I'm stopped and zips down the street.

    (oh and a courier with multi-coloured deep v's on a GT track bike blew both our doors off for a couple blocks there)

    I gotta drop some weight off the steelwool, cause with the right conditions there's no way he should've let me F off on him like that!
    Next time he'll have helium'd his tires and I'll be hurting.

    Oh, it's damn cold today, couple snowflakes in the air.
    Not COLD cold... but for early April?!
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    Sizzler, were you on your Surly limo? If you do any smoking with that beast, I`m impressed! Next time you see her you`ll know to grab ahold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Sizzler, were you on your Surly limo? If you do any smoking with that beast, I`m impressed! Next time you see her you`ll know to grab ahold.
    Oh, I got all kinds of skills on the Dummy! Check out "Bunnyhopping a Big Dummy" in the Surly forum.

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    Yeah, I`ll have to check into that! If you have it licked I`ll head up there so you can teach me to hop a curb with a tandem. I only attempted it once and I think Abbot and Costello are both still laughing at us.
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    April is doing its March and June impersonations back-to-back. Friends in Solon Ohio east of Cleveland had snow today so maybe Vermont tomorrow?

    This morning was just above freezing and frost on the windshield of ungaraged cars. Got up to about 50. Yesterday morning was 65 and high in the low 80's. Wind shifted from SE ot NW at 10-15 gusting to 20 (like March). Meant the short ride route was into the teeth of it but the way back was full tail wind. I maxed out rpm in 53-13 twice. A rare treat! WooHoo! The old Campy Record hubs with 28 mm Passelas pumped up roll very nicely.

    Here is another pic:



    The Weeping Cherry is at full bloom and the spirea (yellow behind started 2 weeks ago and is shedding blooms. The neighbors' redbuds are a couple of the nicest ones here.

    There is a road too dangerous to cycle which winds along forested hills with redbuds and dogwoods in the understory which if you catch them in flower are breathtaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Cool- how did I miss that pic? Last year when were up at the RR museum I remember seeing some info about new mtb/equestrian trails up North of town. Is that where you were?
    Yup...14 new miles of singletrack. Designed for bikes...banked corners, etc. Very cool network. We ride as much as possible in the spring to keep the horse people off...still wind up with hoof-prints on some trails, but very sweet nonetheless.
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    Hopefully ill be back to riding the bike to work next week. Off this week with a pinched nerve in my neck. I can barely drive the car. So lame

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    Hope you're feeling better soon AZ. Pinched nerve, ouch!

    Wish I had fenders on my 29er. We had one hell of a rain storm roll in Sunday morning and it hasn't rolled out yet. I took an old SKS front fender and quickly mounted it up this morning before I left for work, just so I wouldn't get road crud in my face. I was short on time and used duct tape. This is quite possibly the worst kludge I've ever had the shame of being involved in. So deep is my shame that I simply cannot wait to get home so I can upload a picture to the internet. Seriously though, I am going to try to redo it tonight with zip-ties. I'm also debating stopping by REI and picking up some mountain bike fenders, but it doesn't seem worth it for only a couple of days. I'm hoping my ghetto fender holds out for now. I do need to mount the back one tonight (at least the frame has a brake bridge in the rear).
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    Freaking wind... I hate wind...

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    nice out today low 80's
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    ^^ that bike just screams "I don't care what you think". Love it.


    This morning was 30*F, but calm. I was fenderless, with new chain, cassette, and rear derailleur... gloriously smooth running bike. Aside from this head cold it was awesome. I did blow some very impressive snot rockets though, so the head cold isn't all bad.
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    3.5 days off the bike...

    Last Wednesday a killer flu strike hard on me, I rode to work on Thursday morning but didn't feel right to go home...took a ride to home that day and have used our car since then...I'm pretty much over it but I'm taking the car to do some car services today (yesterday too)...coincidentally, I was able to avoid heavy rain both days

    People here drive like crazy...109 car accidents in the city just yesterday...is raining! slow down!

    Bike commute tomorrow! I was hating the traffic a lot today...kids are back to school from their long vacations and my 10 min car ride is now at least 25...pretty much what I do on my bike!

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    Danged sun came out and no wind this morning now that I`m back to work Grrrr. At least CB gets some play time out of it. And rain for Martin on his driving days. Hope it dries out for your ride tomorrow.
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    I had a great ride today, passed about 1/2 mile of cars stuck in traffic for road construction, and made my 5.25 miles in ~17 minutes.

    Plus it was warm enough for shorts and a long sleeve T.

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    Nice ride this a.m., frosty windshields but clear skies & my road has firmed up nicely for a speedy descent to town, just some good potholes at choice locations. Maxxed out at 38mph, that must have been on pavement, probably in the steepest part, a 25mph zone Took the bus halfway (11.5 mi) to make an early meeting, which of course was cancelled when I got to work. Still on the MTB, but testriding that cross bike of my brother-in-law's this weekend in PA. Lots of fieldwork this week, including an inspection at a nudist colony (yes, really) - so I am hoping the weather stays cold.

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    Cold weather for MtbX! I`ll keep my fingers crossed for ya! Now that you mention frosted windshields, I don`t think we`ve gotten any of that for a while- must be getting SOMEWHERE towards spring.

    I just made a quick run to the supermarket, ostensibly to pick up a half gallon of ice cream, but the real reason was to roll my total milege over the 1000 point for the year. I was so sure the trip out and back would be enough that I didn`t bother to figure out exactly what number I needed to hit, but when I got home and added up the bikes I see I still missed it by a little over a mile. Nuts. Well, I`ll hit it tonight on my way to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Lots of fieldwork this week, including an inspection at a nudist colony (yes, really) - so I am hoping the weather stays cold.

    funniest confluence of images I've heard in a while!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Lots of fieldwork this week, including an inspection at a nudist colony (yes, really) - so I am hoping the weather stays cold.
    OK, I'll say it, but only because no one else has yet; pics? (J/K)
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    ^^Apparently, despite the bylaws requiring nudity, some common sense prevails & the members were clothed so far this week. Last fall, one soul braved it by the pool, and I couldn't decide if it was impolite to look or not to look; I opted for not looking; a co-worker suggested dark glasses to cover all the bases. But by and large these are not specimens that you want photos of. Someone told me today of another colony not far from my house; I'm told it is on a public road and has a sign reading "Nudist Colony Ahead - Please Maintain Speed!"

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    Tough commute home tonight, got in at 8:45 with no headlight, but plenty of blinkies on the rear. Had plans to ride 13 mi to see some friends play music at a watering hole, have a few beers, and stay at a friend's overnight. Instead, it was cancelled, my buses were already gone & I had a late start to a 22.5 mi ride home.

    In Montpelier, I gave a parked 18 wheeler a wide berth & good thing - the driver opened the head-level door just as I went by. He was either delivering or stopping for a purchsase I imagined that even the car driver whose lane I had commandeered saw the logic when the truck door opened. I gave a "whoa" in surprise & leaned away from the door. No response from the trucker.

    At about 20 miles I saw the sun set over Camel's Hump (on the VT quarter) & knew the last 2 miles in the dark would be a PITA. Very little traffic, was pretty OK on pavement as the white line was visible and it's uphill so speeds are slow. Someone did let out a St Bernard, a Rottie & a Bassett Hound right when I was going by at a whopping 3mph uphill. They retreated when I stopped & told them to go home; the owners called for the dogs but were unapologetic.

    The last 1.3 mi is dirt, and that as kind of surreal to ride - you could see here the road was but not any of the features like bumps, potholes etc. until you felt them. Only 2 cars went by, totally blinding, I pulled into a driveway & let them pass. On the plus side, this was my first ride up my hill since spraining my ankle & it was fine. Got my mail & walked up the driveway, clear and plenty of stars but no moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Someone told me today of another colony not far from my house; I'm told it is on a public road and has a sign reading "Nudist Colony Ahead - Please Maintain Speed!"
    I remember reading an article a few years ago about a "naturalist retreat" in Palm Springs that was split with one part on either side of a busy avanue and they wanted to put up a pedestrian bridge to connect the two parts. There was some kind of controversy (or maybe just joking- don`t remember) about having to put those slats in the chainlink so the people crossing would be invisible to motorists underneath and wouldn`t cause traffic issues.

    This also seems like a good place to mention that several years ago one of the big casinos here had a billboard advertizing their current T&A show (something Brazilian) featuring a HUGE image of a very shapely bikini clad butt right next to 4 lanes of northbound freeway. I`m pretty sure they had to take that one down before the show ended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    plenty of blinkies on the rear. see some friends play at a hole, have a few beers, and stay at a friend's overnight. Instead, it was cancelled & I had a wide berth & good thing . I imagined that I had commandeered a "whoa" in surprise & leaned away from the door. No response from the trucker.

    I saw the sun Hump & knew the last 2 in the dark would be a PITA. was pretty OK as was visible and speeds are slow.
    The last 1 is dirt, kind of surreal to ride - you could see but not any of the features like bumps until you felt them. no moon.

    warning... mention of frightening nudist colonies coupled with sleep deprivation may lead to creative editing.
    (you gotta admit, it's just chomping at the bit for comedic exploration)
    anywho, I'm done with the funnies. sorry if it's off-colour, if there's any offence let me know and I'll delete!

    stayin up late swapping stuff:
    from spinergy spox to mavic aksium races, cogset, bb, 23's instead of the 40mm tires, kona stem and fsa metropolis bars gone, now running ancient control tech stem with ea70 bars and fenders/rear rack are gone.
    how's my commuting?!
    will report back in the morning when we see if I really CAN out-drag an M3 for the first block!
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    nice ride this morning...hopefully the rain for the rest of the week will be late at night like yesterday and my commutes will be on wet asphalt but not getting actually rain on it.

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trave...enday/MXNL0068

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    I have found myself better and prouder at home when doing a tough commute...hope that happens for you too.

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    23's instead of the 40mm tires
    sounds like getting skinnier

    i went opposite went slighhtly wider up fron from 1.85" to 2" michellin AT still have 1.85" on rear

    put 2" on rear of mavics and left 2.4" contis on front in case i get to some rocky trails this week end



    been using my tracks & google phone to log data, i wish google would link it to there calender so i could see what days i commute. shooting for at least once per week

    my shirt got wrinkly in my bag, next time i'll try and roll it tight, maybe use tie to keep it tort
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    I'm in that season where I wear the windproof gloves in the morning, and pack the summer gloves in the backpack for the ride home...it's about 30*F in the morning and 60*F for the ride home.
    This morning II was about a half mile down the road when I realized that I had put the windproof gloves in the backpack and was wearing the summer gloves... It's pretty fast downhill for the first 1.5 or so miles, so I just gritted my teeth and kept going. By about mile 5 I had some pretty chilly fingers. I just couldn't bring myself to stop.
    So I'm packing the warm gloves around today for no good reason, and I can almost type at normal speed again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I'm in that season where I wear the windproof gloves in the morning, and pack the summer gloves in the backpack for the ride home...it's about 30*F in the morning and 60*F for the ride home.
    here it's like 50 deg f. so i opted for NO GLOVES. I really want to wear gloves, but it's just an extra thing. saturday morning at 7am when i'm closer to mtn i wear pearl izume cyclone gloves. but for the commute i don't wear the gloves.

    must haves are glasses w/mirror and road id. i made a special trip to my car to fetch, but i need to keep an extra road id & glasses w/mirror close to commuter bike since i don't bike w/o them
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    The past two weeks have been great (other than the pollen). My morning rides have started off in the low to mid 50s. It's felt a little hot on my evening rides. Yesterday it was 84.

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    Pretty good commutes today: almost the whole route was dry, mainly sunny too. In the morning temps were just above freezing, in the afternoon around +10 Celsius. Tried a little piece of smooth singletrack on the way home: time to dust the trail bike, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkmacman
    must haves are glasses w/mirror and road id.:
    I feel naked without the helmet and gloves. If I got hit by a car, there's about an 80% chance that whoever came along next would know me... small town.

    ...but no gloves, that's crazy talk. I wear full-fingers all summer.
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    jkmacman: yup, going faster.. er... skinnier!
    I find it to be more interesting to try to outgun the same riders with slight tweaks in the equipment, instead of riding a whole new bike.
    so this season the steelwool's seen schwalbe marathons; 35's, 38 cross and 40 xr, and is now in the other direction with 23 armadillos.
    gets up to speed faster but doesn't want to stay there over the bumps as well (expected result)
    but it DANCES around! side to side handling is WAY easier! almost stupidly so.
    more leverage from the flatter bar instead of the metropolis bar helps.

    mutating these things is a balancing act... I lose the ground pounding of the fat tires, but gain handling around said potholes, I lose the traction in gravel, but gain overall speed on the road sections, I gain gears for hauling and climbing but gain weight and maintenance time...

    I think my dream commuter is a beefy-tired, v-braked, 3 speed, pursuit bike.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    I left late and had to book it to catch the bus. Frostly lawns again but about 55 now. I do the 2 prs of gloves too, so I have a lighter pair for the after work ride. Can't find the sunglasses I wore yesterday a.m...still hoping they turn up. My cell pix from last night with 2 miles to go:
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    No naked people hiding in the shadows of those sunset pics, I hope.

    I finally broke the 1000 mile mark last night. I`m at 1011 now.
    Recalculating....

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    i scored 4 mtb mich tires 5.99 each at nashbar as well as 3 pair glasses 10 bux each, same price for 3 pairs of gloves.

    except i always seem to fetch 2 of one hand so i omit the gloves to speed things up
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    No naked people hiding in the shadows of those sunset pics, I hope.

    I finally broke the 1000 mile mark last night. I`m at 1011 now.
    Congrats on reaching a grand!

    I just checked my GPS, the totals are on another screen so I had not seen it & I'm at 938...but I think I have a bus ride or 2 on there as extra credit when I forgot to hit stop before I got on the bus. I will have to go through and delete any rides with averages of like 40mph.

    I was more worried about naked deer or bare bear jumping out at me.

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    I got the trail bike dirty, but not nearly as dirty as I thought I might.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    But by and large these are not specimens that you want photos of.
    Yes, ironic isn't it?

    Bloody cold last night! Had to bust out the gloves and skullcap for the first time in awhile. Days and evenings have been pretty warm though.
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    I can breathe! Two days off with severe allergy symptoms. No point in an asthma attack or angina, I'll end up being monitored for a day or two what a waste of good riding weather!



    Anderson Falls with soakers.



    Bike Bitc_ (no way to talk about The Duchess) does another 38 miles.



    Virginia Bluebells and bike. Side of road 1000 feet north of falls.



    The flowers are an inch across, five fused petals in a tube, butterfly pollinated though a Bumble Bee Hovering could feed. A member of the Borage family and my first time seeing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    I can breathe! Two days off with severe allergy symptoms. No point in an asthma attack or angina, I'll end up being monitored for a day or two what a waste of good riding weather!
    Yes, breathing is generally a good sign! Glad you are feeling better. With all the beautiful flowering plants out there I can see why the allergies would act up. Nice pix of your travels. The Duchess' matching water bottle is a nice touch too.

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    Handed the bus driver my punchcard last night & he handed me my Superflash blinky, which I had not even missed off my pack yet. No sign of the sunglasses, though. The remainder of the ride was uneventful, though I did make it up my hill in record time. This was not too hard to do since yesterday was partly in the dark & that was the first ride all the way home since removing the heavy studded tires. I had a brief wave of paranoia as 2 fire engines passed me, but the house was still standing.

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    car ride today... I'm impressed how happy I am avoiding rainy commutes...I stayed up really late watching The Blind Side...a really nice story I didn't knew about...then spend hours looking for the real story on the internet...when I finally got ready to sleep I remembered that I needed to move some clothes to the drier

    hopefully, I will compensate my lost miles this weekend, I accepted an invitation to a long mtb ride this Saturday morning...Kermit is going to the mountains! (going full rigid, 1x8, rackless and fenderless for this one )
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    @ gary: best part of that sign is they mis-spelled matsurbate.

    today: learning to not kill the skinnies over bad roads.
    dealing with increasing cycling commuter traffic
    college st through little italy and past the university used to be a nice place to stretch your chain and get moving, now it's cluttered with people wearing giant headphones and no helmet, riding through lit crosswalk crossings when children are trying to get to school, angrily dinging their bells at anyone who comes within 3 feet of the bike lane, but cheerily skipping into the car lane to frogger around you at every stoplight... and that was all just this morning.

    *sigh*
    time for a new route.
    dammit, I put gears on my bike so I could get up to speed, at this rate I might as well go back to single speeding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    @ gary: best part of that sign is they mis-spelled matsurbate.
    Hee hee hee. Sometimes the typos are as funny as the actual content.

    college st through little italy and past the university used to be a nice place to stretch your chain and get moving, now it's cluttered with people wearing giant headphones and no helmet, riding through lit crosswalk crossings when children are trying to get to school, angrily dinging their bells at anyone who comes within 3 feet of the bike lane, but cheerily skipping into the car lane to frogger around you at every stoplight... and that was all just this morning.

    *sigh*
    time for a new route.
    dammit, I put gears on my bike so I could get up to speed, at this rate I might as well go back to single speeding!
    Maybe being a year-round commuter breeds better cycling etiquette, but I'm always amazed at these people who wait until spring to bring their bikes out of the garage. It's like they've forgotten to unpack their manners and common sense.
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    Tonight looks nice, 50's and sunny, but forecast is for up to 2" sleet/snow or maybe rain tonight, and rain tomorrow, lower 30's in the a.m. A little worried about that but going to ride anyway as I will be cooped up in the car to PA by midday tomorrow.

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    I commuted to school for the first time today (I ride to work 2 out of the 3 days I work)
    it was in the mid 50's on the way in half of it is slightly uphill but part of that is on a road that follows the coastline and it has an ocean view. It was 65ish on the way back.

    The only issue was (besides the 20extra min vs driving) that when I get to school I have to carry the bike up stairs and once I got to class I started sweating

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    I don't know if we broke the record with 84 F or more or not. Felt like 85. I rode tonight and got in it was still 68 F! Trying to record my new lights. Drivers are yielding. Maybe the UFO-like high beam shape weirded them out. You could see the beam like an airport beacon, especially on corners where you could catch a semi-side view.

    It's 65 F at 7:30 am Friday. Rain this afternoon likely violent TS. Warmer now than forecast highs for a week. Ride now or wet later. So it is back to being April not June.
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    I don't know if some folks are upset about LaHood's DOT statements or what, but people have been a little more cranky the past couple days.

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    Found a nice 30' tape measurer in the ditch yesterday, made for a tres butch look on the knapsack waistbelt.

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    I saw a marmot and a jackrabbit this morning. And the usual dozen or so deer. But them marmots are skittish...That's a fairly rare sighting on my route.
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    Rider on the storm. It a hard rain thats going to fall this afternoon so rode into the teeth of the wind. Doing better at that. Last time with this kind of wind only 12 mph out and not quite 18 mph back. Today, 14.4 out and 20.8 on the return and I was only briefly in high gear and not maxed out, either. Mostly second and third from top. Longest I have been in the 53 in a long time (switching it out for a 50, a bit more sane for me). Up shallow inclines in third gear from top at 90 RPM. Smokin' (for me I'm not as young as I once was). The semi erect posture is a bear into the wind, but as a sail? Wow!! Of course 27 x 1 1/8 (28 mm) instead of the Michelin City 700C 35's on the errand bikes' wheels helped some. Not quite dead (yet).

    Saw a young coon. He should have been more skittish. He was QUITE dead. To stay with the rock tune theme: Another one bites the dust.

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    Ride bikes, not goats. Just good advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsman
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    I like that pic!
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    commuter reconverted

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    I just finished watering my lawn for the first time this year. I still don`t quite trust the sprinkler system not to freeze, so I did it by hand and got a good close look while I was at it. WTF?? There was 3/4 driveway rock scattered all over the grass. I guess I put it there myself when I was shoveling snow. Anyway, i suppose I`d better go clear out as much as possible before I mow it and end up shooting it through the living room window or something.
    All the bulbs are up now, buds coming along nicely on the maples, roses and butterfly bushes are waking up, and a little plumb tree will be in full bloom in about two more weeks, I think.
    Recalculating....

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