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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    I like that pic!
    +1 I need one of those bike markers in my drive.

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    Wind with me on way back. Had SUV pull out from ahead on right going my way with just adequate time. He dawdled like granny with an egg under his accellerator. I was in 53-15 at 80-90 rpm or so wind at my back sailing nice, so not standing still. Fun look in his mirror whan he saw me closing! Gosh, he actually can use the accellerator!


    Another 20 miles still working on my Grand. January and most of Feb really cost me accumulated miles.

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    I really need to manage my time better...since the wife left I have only done 122 commuting miles ...yesterday I setup Kermit as a commuter again, did some housekeeping*, saw a movie and end up sleeping early but tired...this morning wasn't able to get up early for my commute ride.

    I'll try to take free-Mondays and do complete commuting days the rest of the week.

    *don't get me wrong...home is not shiny, I'm doing just what is needed to survive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    ...yesterday I setup Kermit as a commuter again
    How was the mtb trip with your friends?

    Awesome weather here this weekend. Probably over 70F. Went out to ride a rail trail with my wife yesterday in summer uniform and actually got hot for a while when the pedaling got hard. Of course, hte old lady was happilly bundled up like Frosty the Snowman
    Recalculating....

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    @rodar
    the scenery was really nice actually...we went deep in the mountains in a ride I've done before...the unknown zone (for me) was really nice...

    ...kermit/me and the terrain was another thing...it was pretty rocky and it wasn't that pleasant for my butt and arms...but may be I'm complaining too much next time I'll take the camera!

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    Today was the first morning commute of 2010 with no jacket. 38* F!!! long sleeves and leg warmers was plenty. 70 in the forecast for the ride home. Finally.
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    Seasonal temps. Low 60's with cold NE wind yesterday. Needed silk under layer on top. After short sleeve Jersey only for almost a week. You get used to mid 80's fast! Same but 65 today. Here are pics from yesterday:



    The Red Bud backdrop to Blue Bridge seemed worth a quick retake for you.



    This is South Eastern Indiana, the Courthouse NEVER leans left! The Courthouse tree is leafing out. It is an earlier leafing species, but the exposure and elevation slow it up some. Maybe the Tower Clock Spring went dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    The Courthouse tree is leafing out. It is an earlier leafing species, but the exposure and elevation slow it up some. Maybe the Tower Clock Spring went dry?
    Odd, that`s for sure. I`ve seen nopales and small trees growing out of walls and roofs in Mexico, but EVERYTHNG grows ANYWHERE in the climates where I`ve seen that. I sure wouldn`t expect it in Indiana.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Odd, that`s for sure. I`ve seen nopales and small trees growing out of walls and roofs in Mexico, but EVERYTHNG grows ANYWHERE in the climates where I`ve seen that. I sure wouldn`t expect it in Indiana.
    Life finds a way.

    Birds likely brought the seeds of the first one over 140 years ago. They fertilize it. It has a Ripley Beleive It or Not, citation, and attracts some tourism. This is not the original tree and there has been as many as eight at a time. They let each Tower Tree get a fair size, and trim it Banzai-like to keep it from growing quickly. When it threatens the structure, they allow one of its seedlings which are normally removed, to come ahead and cut the older one down. So the original was on a different corner. There must be a secondary internal roof to deal with leaks.

    So even here with 40 inches of rain a year and almost no water holding capacity it grows. If mankind was gone, the forest would take over and it would be like the Mayan city complexes hiding in the jungle. It would just take twice as long with half the growing season.

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    The normal 11.5 mile round trip commute went a little long; ended up being 18 miles on account of having to see the dentist. My first cleaning in 2.5 years. I take good care of my teeth but hot damn, there was some crap lodged deep in my back molars that took some awful prodding and picking to get out. Bleeding gums.

    My ride home from the dentist certainly helped make the pain go away
    Bleeding soon stopped too: )

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    Getting better. Almost back to last fall's speed. After moseying along at 75% max heart rate for two weeks to drop weight, it was fun to throw another 5% on the power available with runs to 90%. A lot of time in the top three ratios, moving right along. WooHoo!

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    Impressions of Irena (new to me x-bike) commute vs MTB commute:

    Irena was comfy and capable on both the poor condition pavement sections and the dirt section. She felt speedier on the flats but harder on the hills due to the lower gearing of the MTB. I stood on the steepest section, which gave me enough power, but I ran out of stamina to stand & walked maybe 1/2 block. Should be do-able with a little more conditioning for the standing hill climb. Overall on hills, more fighting at slow cadence than spinning, compared to the MTB. Here's the stats:

    22 mi full distance commute (no bus) MTB vs X-bike. Because of a 3.5mi long hill at the end I break up the 22mi ride into 2 segments on the GPS; the 18+ mi flatter section & the 3+ mi steep section. Here are the results:

    4/13 MTB 18.98 mi time1:47:28 10.59 avg
    3.55 mi hill time 55:56 3.81 avg

    4/19 xbike 18.65mi time 1:33:22 11.98mph avg
    3.58 mi hill time 46:40 4.6 mph avg

    4/14 MTB hill only 3.53mi time 43:20 4.89mph avg


    I saved 14 mins on 19 mi flatter section on the x-bike compared to the MTB last week. The hill section was a toss up; I saved 9 mins using the xbike compared to last week on the mttb; but to be fair, 4/13 is when it got dark when I still had 2 mi to go, so the speed was slower than usual. On 4/14 I did the hill section 3 mins faster on the MTB than on tthe x-bike, but I had not done the full 22 mi commute either, so the legs were fresher.

    Irena's numbers include a stop to dig a water bottle & the computer out of my pack, as neither are mounted on the frame right now.

    In the a.m. I get to try out Irena in the downhill direction.

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    The grass was frosty in the morning and the sun was shining. It should warm up a bit during the day. So I'll stuff the sweater in the pack and ride in jeans, T, and wind-breaker.


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    one of my favorites type of rides...wet road and no rain this morning. Last night it was cats and dogs.

    I started to check my HR on the large portion of the commute (home-showers)...will see if I get better numbers.

    @mtbx
    overall, I see you getting better avg numbers on your commute soon.

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    Irena is fast for a big green tractor! nice.

    I had to throw the fenders back on last night after checking the weather for today... glad I did, wet morning. My brand new drivetrain is officially not brand new anymore. It was so clean.
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    Irena & I had a scare this morning on the commute
    Speeding downhill 2+ miles from home & going at least 30mph on pavement & thinking, "I may have to actually slow down to make that next turn", when a black blur came from the right on a collision course. It was the big rottie that chased me uphill a bit last week (with the St Bernard & the basset hound), but instead he was in full chase mode. Despite my speed he came across at a perfectly timed right angle and at a silent full-out run; at the very last millisecond he put on the brakes, coming within a hair's breadth of the front hub. I didn't do much to avoid him, I know I braked but that may have been after, and if I veered it wasn't much, it just happened too quickly. It surely would have been a spectacular crash, even if he had just run into the front wheel rather than me running into him, since he must top 100 lbs, but luckily neither happened. I glanced back to make sure he'd abandoned the chase & he had returned home, pleased I'm sure that the intruder had been sent on her way. I hope Irena isn't too shaken up from her 2nd VT commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Irena & I had a scare this morning on the commute .... I hope Irena isn't too shaken up from her 2nd VT commute.
    Cycling & Commuting: it can be so dog gone fun!

    Oh and you get better numbers if the dog chases you.

    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    I started to check my HR on the large portion of the commute (home-showers)...will see if I get better numbers.
    Good. Your last report on HR was a bit scary but I did not know how to say that, then. Chest pain while riding forced me to get a HR monitor. I was biking again for cardiovascular reasons and because I just needed a great excuse to do something I love. (Honey I need to ride, Doctor's orders!) Early on with it I found I was at 80-90% or higher all the time. I was attacking it like I was18: full out, all the time.. So I started to roughly follow the easy, moderate, hard and intensity day training guidelines modded from race training for a commute, fun and health. These include a 10 minute warm up at less than 65% max HR and a cool-down to the same. It took months for the cool down to actually get there without simply coasting for 90% of the 10 minutes, (which of course I could not talk myself into). Fifty pounds came off too with better fat burning regimes, and rest heart rate dropped 20, so it is hard to say what was cause and effect. You are doing the right thing. Listen to your body. Spare parts are hard to come by. I think I speak for all in this thread: we are rooting for you.
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    Yikes! I had a pair of yellow labs on my commute for a while that would do that...the silent sprint out of the driveway and last-second screech to a halt...then they'd trot back home like they'd accomplished something. Freaked me out the first few times, but they never took it any farther than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Good. Your last report on HR was a bit scary but I did not know how to say that, then. Chest pain while riding forced me to get a HR monitor. I was biking again for cardiovascular reasons and because I just needed a great excuse to do something I love. (Honey I need to ride, Doctor's orders!) Early on with it I found I was at 80-90% or higher all the time. I was attacking it like I was18: full out, all the time.. So I started to roughly follow the easy, moderate, hard and intensity day training guidelines modded from race training for a commute, fun and health. These include a 10 minute warm up at less than 65% max HR and a cool-down to the same. It took months for the cool down to actually get there without simply coasting for 90% of the 10 minutes, (which of course I could not talk myself into). Fifty pounds came off too with better fat burning regimes, and rest heart rate dropped 20, so it is hard to say what was cause and effect. You are doing the right thing. Listen to your body. Spare parts are hard to come by. I think I speak for all in this thread: we are rooting for you.
    thanks BMc...I thought about it and the plan is to have a complete hematology test asap and go to see a Cardiologist with the test and my numbers from the rides.

    Today my AHR was 147, and my MHR 167 on a 30 min ride at a 12-13mph average speed...I still have my doubts on the polar (I had to change the chest-sensor the first week of having it.... and I got in Dec)...will try to check it on Saturday with the polar representatives here in MTY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    thanks BMc...I thought about it and the plan is to have a complete hematology test asap and go to see a Cardiologist with the test and my numbers from the rides.

    Today my AHR was 147, and my MHR 167 on a 30 min ride at a 12-13mph average speed...I still have my doubts on the polar (I had to change the chest-sensor the first week of having it.... and I got in Dec)...will try to check it on Saturday with the polar representatives here in MTY.
    Not only a cyclist, but also brilliant. I suppose you have to beat the ladies off with a stick, too?

    I don't know if you know your actual max heart rate so you can convert to % of max rate. I would not try to measure it when you suspect something is not right without doctor supervision. Young atheletes run up and down bleachers or hills untill it doesn't increase: Max Rate. The crude 'average human' method for those above 20 is 220- minus your age. I am 58, at 175 so mine is 8 % higher than predicted, some are lower than the formula.

    For example, a max rate of 167 would be 95% of my actual max and 2% over my guesstimated one, the first would be OK on a real hard climb or sprint, the last not. The 147 would be 78% for me and a moderate rate with harder climbs thrown in. So it is very nice to know you actrual max HR.

    I have a Sigma and it hates my lights' flashing mode RFI. The first time it read 230 I about freaked! That could only mean imminent cardiac arrest. Apparently some overdriven trucker's CB's will do it to it too. Got nice adrenalin hits to the actual HR after reading those numbers!

    I checked mine with an electronic BP cuff. Within a beat. So if you have or can nab one, that helps.

    The recovery time and rate to normal rest HR says a lot about your conditioning and efficiency. It should also be valuable info for the Docs. Take the monitor with you off the bike and record say each 30 seconds for 2 mins, each minute to 5 minutes, each 5 minutes until steady. Adjust timing to fit your rate of drop. Try to start this at about 65% to 50% of your max reading and not after blitzing up a big hill.

    Pulling for you, man.

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    Polar Test said my MaxHR is 192 (220-28=192 )...so I was on my 76% today...12mph on a pretty flat ride should not put my numbers that high... I think...what really shock me is how fast I get above 150's...today of those 30 min, 13 were above 154.

    well, I'll post some info after doc visit.

    Today I'll probably get some rain on my way home

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Not only a cyclist, but also brilliant. I suppose you have to beat the ladies off with a stick, too?
    let's say that if there were any, the wife would do the job for me
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    This is making me curious. I want to know some numbers about myself.
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    I tried to keep up with a roadie once going like 22mph for awhile and my heart rate monitor was freakin out I was at 217 for like 2 mins wonder how long you can do that for.
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    Looks like I just beat the rain, riding in this afternoon. Good thing I finally got my regular commuter back up and running, those fenders will come in handy later. New Avid SD-7s work like a charm and the Speed-V Pro Gel saddle is surprisingly comfortable. I've never been much of a weight weenie, but it feels seriously lighter and more nimble, especially up top.
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    Warning Long Post:

    I will paste in the exercise heart rate range info I have been using to regain my cardiac health as being on topic, if a side branch of the topic "How was your commute...".

    It seems to me that you can't commute under your own power if you have no HR! You just aren't that fleet if you don't have that beat. (Tune: It don't mean a thing if if ain't got that swing).

    Firstly I use the Max Rate - Rest Rate to find the Working Range for my HR. This makes sense because you are not below your Rest Rate and not suppossed to be far or long above your max rate, though some trainers try to push that. So 50% should be halfway. So I take my percentages of the Working Range and then add back the rest rate to get actual HR on the meter.

    For example, say I want to warm up at at an HR of at least 50% of max but no more than 65% (my usual). 175-50 (my max - my rest pulse at the moment) so my working range is 125 and 50% of that is 62.5 + 50 rest rate = 112.5 for 50% of max on the meter. and 131 for 65%. Contrast that to 50% of 175 which is 87.5. An HR of 87.5 is easy for me to have anticipating the ride or mounting the bike and 65% would be only about 114! Further, the Interval/intensity training asks that you return to the 65% level. I have enough issues getting back down to 131 after a blast to 165-170+ on a roller coaster hill climb, so 114 would be a very long coast or a stop at the side of the road. My after ride cool downs are getting me down to low 120's and the 50% level isn't far off. I was down to the 50% level after a 10 minute cool down all last fall before the weather made it nuts. It works and makes sense to me. YMMV.

    Got this Googling all over and I liked this best. But this is the link for the Interval training http://www.cptips.com/intervl.htm and it was the same site, different page.

    Zone 1 65% of MHR (recovery rides)
    Zone 2 65-72% of MHR (endurance events)
    Zone 3 73-80% of MHR (high level aerobic activity)
    Avoid 81-83% (Neither aerobic or anaeobic so training in this range improves neither)
    Zone 4 84-90% of MHR (lactate threshold(LT,AT); time trialing)
    Zone 5 91-100% of MHR (sprints and anaerobic training)

    The idea that I had the HR at rest of a fit athlete told me that though we are not training for events we are in fact, training for commuting by commuting.

    First of season if you have to regain fitness (why I hated not riding much this winter. Next winter: studs & better wet gear) lots of Zone 1 & 2 to burn off fat and recover fitness a few high intensity days for fun.

    A week of athletic training aiming at improving speed, endurance looks like this:
    One recovery day In Zones 1 or 2
    One long mileage day (10-20% more than you plan for vacation day or Century, whatever)
    Three High intensity days in Zone 4
    One or two of the high intensity days can be intervals Which is good cause hills are natural intervals here, so high intensity IS interval training.
    One or Two rest days or One or Two Zone 1 or 2 recovery rides.
    All rides have a Zone1-Zone 2 warm up and cooldown for 10 minutes. Mild stretching recommended before, harder stretching wiht warm muscles and tendons after cool down.

    I don't really follow this since I am not training for a specific event. However I used this to set a rough limit of about 3 or 4 fast ride days per week and most hills are used as a form of interval training. I count rides into 20-30 mph winds as hard rides. I want to be no more than 80% on hills on my easy days and 95% on the faster ones. I made more progress (faster rides even in Zones 1 & 2) changing it up than slogging it out each day as fast as I could go. I can't seem to ride easier than barely in to Zone 1 threatening 2. I think I'd like a fixie: I just gotta pedal and can't coast that much unless gasping and needing to recover. This seems to be working for me. YMMV

    What this has done. Lost 50 pounds. With discovery of food intolerance and treatment for same, BP down 20-25 points. I am no longer on slow release Nitro Glycerin, Statins, or Beta Blockers, I am on half dose of an ACE inhibitor and a baby aspirin. I take Taurine to help eliminate exercise angina and since I no longer have any, either it isn't needed or it works: I can hit my Max HR with breathing issues but no chest pain.

    A neighbor's brother rode his last Hilly 100 here in Indiana at 85, two years ago. I'd love to exceed that. It is often held on or the weekend after my Birthday. Be a hell of a 90th! New wheels, cassette and chainwheels next month: I'll have my first go at it this fall. Two 50 mile (high intensity ) days.

    I also found you won't need to look at the readout much after you get used to how a certain amount of output feels. In fact, one of the signs of improvement is that you reach the limit for effort on the hill and you did it at 170+ instead of barely 160 max. Or you say hmm this is a nice pace but I feel like I'm riding easy and you are Zone 1 not 2 as you intended but you are going as fast or faster into the same or more wind. It's working.

    Hope you thought it worth the reading.

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    Warning....dumb (me) posting:
    I felt getting distracted by my HR monitor!
    We are fine, but La Trurly needs some attention...nothing to be alarmed...it was her proud the one that really got hurt...

    I'll elaborate the post later with a pic.
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    Dumb or dumber?

    So... yes...I got distracted watching my HR! you know to check how high I was going!...

    where?

    well, here
    just between the little white truck and the gray car going south...traffic was pretty much like on the sat pic btw...

    Taking my eyes off the road my front wheel felt in those little curbs that are on some streets when they put coat over coat on the roads...well..tried to veer back..but it was too late..in fact it made it easy...a second before I was laying on the slow lane, pretty much taking the whole lane...fortunately the car coming was far enough to see me falling.

    left knee took pretty much the whole thing...


    La Trurly as I said, was hurt on her proud, she is tough...the rack has a little dent now, the rear fender needed to be adjusted and her RD cable got loose....I forgot my tools...of course!... so it was 34x11 all the way home...it was a good test for my legs...I barely did the hill getting home, but I did it.

    Dumb or dumber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    I fell by getting distracted by my HR monitor!
    We are fine, but La Trurly needs some attention...nothing to be alarmed...it was her pride that really got hurt...

    I was thinking of warning you about that. I say screw the monitor in heavy traffic even if I am sprinting out of danger and the lungs and chest are beginning to tell me my max is VERY close, I don't look until I'm clear. Back off a tad, but don't look. Probably why I catch the numbers dropping and since I have no Max mem feature, it is gone.

    34/11 = 42/14, 53/17 hmmm, yeah that's real nice on a bunged up knee. Not even a knife to screw the stop in to the 13?

    Got two hours in but only about a mile shooting video of my vest/lights/reflectors at night. It was a dark and lonely road and the car sat abandoned while an insane cyclist circled like a vulture over a carcass....Hithcock's reputation is not in jeopardy, trust me.

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    I refuse to use HRMs or bike computers.
    The numbers don't really interest me and I feel they'd take something out of my experience of riding. Distract me maybe

    (I do switch on Sportstracker on my phone for trail rides, but that is mainly to keep a log of where I've been and to share routes with other local riders.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    I refuse to use HRMs or bike computers.
    The numbers don't really interest me and I feel they'd take something out of my experience of riding. Distract me maybe

    (I do switch on Sportstracker on my phone for trail rides, but that is mainly to keep a log of where I've been and to share routes with other local riders.)
    I hate even having a reflector on my bike. 30 years nada (well they didn't have them early on, a full trig calculator was a pricey and rare piece) but I'd not have had one anyway. Hated handlebar clutter. Still do.

    Only an HRM, no computer. No phone software. (Though I am considering it as my memory for where I have been isn't what it was.) I discovered that two hospitalizations with clots and chest pain, alters the point of view on these matters a tad. BUT to keep the rubber side down, requires judicious use. Biking likely kept me out of the hospital (given what some food was doing to me) until I moved here, and it seemed too dangerous. Now I see it is too dangerous for me NOT to ride. I have no significant blockages, but my BP goes up if I don't ride. So I shared what keeps me going for any who find it useful.

    I only refer to the monitor when I want to have an idea how hard I am working or was just working. If I wanted more, I'd have one with memory and download/software features. I too, think that is getting too anal unless you are tracking a potential issue. Me? I'm just out to have fun and keep having fun cycling. I just have to be a bit smarter about it than ride full bore everywhere all the time. There are crashes, then there are CRASHES! There is down time and then 6' under. Risk management is complex.
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    WOW I was underdressed this morning... looking out the window in the dawn's early light I could tell that it had not rained last night like the forecast said it would, so I stuffed the rain shell in the backpack and went with a long sleeve cotton T-shirt over my breathable short sleeve jersey shirt and summer gloves...what I COULDN'T see out the window was the snowflakes that were falling... April has fooled me again.

    I have this thing about stopping to dig around in the backpack, especially on the long descent after I leave my house...so I just kept going. Had some numb arms by the time I got to work. the shorts and legwarmers seemed to be enough. I'm seriously hoping that this is the last snow of the year...I mean seriously, it's almost May. Can we just move on?
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    Nice. Started out with baggy shorts over bike shorts (1st shorts morning), tech T, LS jersey, lite fleece vest & windvest. Down to the shorts, T, & windvest for the 2nd 1/2 of the 18mi rte from friend's near Sugarbush. No crazy dogs or drivers today. 1 wide load with an excavator was the only excitement, but it was reasonably well behaved. Hang in there, CB, yesterday my yard was down to 1 wheelbarrow worth of snow under the roof valley.

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    car ride today
    today I can easily count my HR from my knee!

    it was 32x11 yesterday not 34 btw, I was so mad to myself I just wanted to get home, could have stopped at a shop for a tool a knife or something.

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    Oh, no! Martin, that looks fairly fainful. At least the blood matches you red sock well. Very coordinated.

    The snow surprised me, too. But since I was up on the roof working on a fan when it started I knew about it first thing and didn`t get tricked. Who would have thought that a bicycling forum would give such a good overview on weather and seasons throughout NA and Europe?

    Perttime, you definitely have a point about the distractions. For some reason, I can easilly ignore the computer on my commuter (and ov the tandem when we had one there), but I feel like a slave to the speedo on my roadbike. I moved it from the bars to the seat post so I wouldn`t see it while I was riding, but that`s worse because I catch myself trying to peek down between my legs to see it anyway. Gonna put it back on the bars.
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    Gary...now that you say it...I actually remember me doing a 180º on purpose during the fall to see what could be the end but, well..here I am hehehe

    yeah rodar, you can lose a little blood, but always glamorously!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Martin - Ouch! Glad you weren't hurt worse. It's not the falling that's so bad as falling in traffic!
    + a whole bunch.

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    not good today I got hit ........ im fine rims not
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    So, did you make the mistake, or the driver? Or both?

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    yeah fatboy...we need details

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    not good today I got hit ........ im fine rims not
    Did you get his insurance info? I was hit by a dude a little over a year ago. My damage looked almost identical to yours. I ended up getting an upgraded wheelset out of the deal. His insurance company paid for everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    yeah fatboy...we need details
    crosswalk slam ............ I was entering the crosswalk at a very slow pace she was talking on the phone when she decided to turn right on red .......
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Did you get his insurance info? I was hit by a dude a little over a year ago. My damage looked almost identical to yours. I ended up getting an upgraded wheelset out of the deal. His insurance company paid for everything.
    yeah i called her insurance last night and made a claim ..... first the lady was all cool about it and wanted to not go the insurance route and take care of things then when the cop whom doesn't seem to understand the laws said because I was cycling on the sidewalk on the "wrong" side of the street he could ticket me if I really wanted him to write up a full report. Then the lady starts to say well then I guess I need to contact my husband about this cause maybe I don't need to pay anything and she thinks we might have the"same" amount of damage because her underskirt on the lincoln navigator was "scratched" ... from now on ill dismount at crosswalks
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    yeah i called her insurance last night and made a claim ..... first the lady was all cool about it and wanted to not go the insurance route and take care of things then when the cop whom doesn't seem to understand the laws said because I was cycling on the sidewalk on the "wrong" side of the street he could ticket me if I really wanted him to write up a full report. Then the lady starts to say well then I guess I need to contact my husband about this cause maybe I don't need to pay anything and she thinks we might have the"same" amount of damage because her underskirt on the lincoln navigator was "scratched" ... from now on ill dismount at crosswalks
    Sidewalks are dangerous. Even if it is legal to ride on them (which it isn't around here), you'd probably be better off on the road.

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    Oh, no! And it was a pretty rim, too!

    Fatboy, I`m really glad you weren`t hurt, but I agree with Sockeyeus. Sidewalks are kind of sketchy, and that`s EXACTLY why riding on the left is a bad idea. Sometimes I guess it`s worth the chance for certain situations, but you really have to weigh the risks if you decide to try it.
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    Bummer! But on the bright side, you can cut those spokes, salvage the hub, and learn to build wheels while you roll around on the new wheelset that the lady's insurance buys you. You got no injuries at all? That's pretty heavy bike damage for no rider damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Bummer! But on the bright side, you can cut those spokes, salvage the hub, and learn to build wheels while you roll around on the new wheelset that the lady's insurance buys you. You got no injuries at all? That's pretty heavy bike damage for no rider damage.
    Im fine low speed I was just starting into the crosswalk and she was just starting to take off, besides the rim the shock got a lil scratch ........ im hoping it didnt mess up my brakeset
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Oh, no! And it was a pretty rim, too!

    Fatboy, I`m really glad you weren`t hurt, but I agree with Sockeyeus. Sidewalks are kind of sketchy, and that`s EXACTLY why riding on the left is a bad idea. Sometimes I guess it`s worth the chance for certain situations, but you really have to weigh the risks if you decide to try it.
    yeah the left side was kinda poor choice on my part but i was riding a lil multiuse trail that spilled into the sidewalk ....... Im not sure if you can tell by this photo but this is a southbound trail on the east (left) side of the road ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    Im fine low speed I was just starting into the crosswalk and she was just starting to take off, besides the rim the shock got a lil scratch ........ im hoping it didnt mess up my brakeset
    Depending on what the verdict is on whose fault it was, the insurance could cover everything damaged. I was hit from the from (dude turned into me) so my front wheel was the only thing screwed up. The insurance company was just going to buy me a whole new bike, but I told them the crash wasn't that bad and that I'd prefer to bring it to a bike shop for a full evaluation. Luckily my shop was cool and worked out a deal that was great for me.

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    It`s likely worth riding it then. But why the hell do bike trails even get built like that? Oh, yeah- budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    yeah the left side was kinda poor choice on my part but i was riding a lil multiuse trail that spilled into the sidewalk ....... Im not sure if you can tell by this photo but this is a southbound trail on the east (left) side of the road ......
    In that case, you shouldn't have much of a problem getting payment. The insurance guys I worked with were super cool. I hope you have the same luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    It`s likely worth riding it then. But why the hell do bike trails even get built like that? Oh, yeah- budget.
    i was just trying to head home
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    Pup, sorry to hear about your accident, hope you don't get sore after-the-fact.

    I beat the thunderstorms last night, but was a bit ragged from the headwinds & doing the hills with my x-bike double chainring. Also, I am surprised how tired my forearm muscles are, I guess from having more weight on them compared to the MTB & the push/pull thing when climbing standing.

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    Wonderful ride into work today...pretty warm @ 50F, slightly overcast but clearing up in the afternoon. It would have been a perfect ride, but some douche in a truck almost took me (and another car) out backing up out of his driveway. And THEN yelled something angry out the window as if it were MY fault. Other than that little hiccup, it was a pleasant 20-22mph cruise into work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Depending on what the verdict is on whose fault it was, the insurance could cover everything damaged. I was hit from the from (dude turned into me) so my front wheel was the only thing screwed up. The insurance company was just going to buy me a whole new bike, but I told them the crash wasn't that bad and that I'd prefer to bring it to a bike shop for a full evaluation. Luckily my shop was cool and worked out a deal that was great for me.
    well she first took full blame untill the cop said if he was going to have to write a full report instead of us just exchanging info being i wasnt hurt that he'd site me for going against traffic, but the law says if on the roadway or shoulder you must travel with traffic but then again the law says the sidewalk and crosswalk are NOT the roadway ......... I hate when cops dont know the law ...... i was about to tell him fine site me but you need to site her for fail to yield the right of way, not stopping at a traffic device, wreckless driving ( on cell phone when she hit me) he really didnt like all that so I just took the insurance info and filed a claim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Depending on what the verdict is on whose fault it was, the insurance could cover everything damaged. I was hit from the from (dude turned into me) so my front wheel was the only thing screwed up. The insurance company was just going to buy me a whole new bike, but I told them the crash wasn't that bad and that I'd prefer to bring it to a bike shop for a full evaluation. Luckily my shop was cool and worked out a deal that was great for me.
    id be fine with a whole new bike cause thats practically what i have its not a month old
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    Good ride in today. It is Tempe Bike Week and today specifically was Bike to Work Day. So the city had a few free breakfast locations and a free t-shirt. Of course I think it is going to rain this afternoon so the ride home may not be so nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom93R1
    Good ride in today. It is Tempe Bike Week and today specifically was Bike to Work Day. So the city had a few free breakfast locations and a free t-shirt. Of course I think it is going to rain this afternoon so the ride home may not be so nice.
    I doubt we'll get much rain if any
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    I'm on the 29er today... risky heading in to work this morning with no fenders, but I got lucky. A little rain, but the roads weren't soaked enough to get me sloppy. Hoping to sneak in a trail ride after work. It's becoming a Thursday tradition... hour and a half on the trails, and meet the wife for a ride home.
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    Commute for real for four days next week. Only 3 miles. Probability of locally violent thunderstorms and tornados for next week just went up, I fear.

    Scoped out the location: city hall. There is no bicycle rack even though it is a former school of the late 50's early 60's conventional design with a local playground in back. Figures. Spent $1.5 million moving here from the former and converted Neo-Classical Carnegie Library ($$) because someone messed up and the new elevator for ADA act access was 2 inches too narrow. Our tax dollars at work.

    I considered and rejected several outside locking options as being too dangerous to pedestrians, trees, or the bike. I have narrowed my choices to tying up to the flag pole with the city flag in the middle of the front lawn (not the one with the Stars and Stripes it's too dangerous for the bike), or walk it into the building and the former gymnasium where we meet, as if I have done so all my life, since there should be lots of room.

    The job requires a vehicle, but the training doesn't. I wonder if I should drive the first day so the hiring process is done before they discover I'm a cyclist. Harder to fire someone than not complete the hiring process.

    Much easier to ask forgiveness than get permission. Ideas?

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    rode my 29er to work today... 9 miles each way with a headwind of about 15mph each way aswell... averaged 12 mph... slooooow... got passed by grandma on a road bike!
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    Only moderate wind 10-15 but started NW and swung to sw-ssw and then round to south now. So rode out into opart of it and rode back into part of it. I HATE when that happens. I was hoping for it behind me and maybe average 18, nope 14.5. Maybe tomorrow between storms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Commute for real for four days next week. Only 3 miles. Probability of locally violent thunderstorms and tornados for next week just went up, I fear.

    Scoped out the location: city hall. There is no bicycle rack even though it is a former school of the late 50's early 60's conventional design with a local playground in back.
    ...
    I considered and rejected several outside locking options as being too dangerous to pedestrians, trees, or the bike. I have narrowed my choices to tying up to the flag pole with the city flag in the middle of the front lawn (not the one with the Stars and Stripes it's too dangerous for the bike), or walk it into the building and the former gymnasium where we meet, as if I have done so all my life, since there should be lots of room.

    The job requires a vehicle, but the training doesn't. I wonder if I should drive the first day so the hiring process is done before they discover I'm a cyclist. Harder to fire someone than not complete the hiring process... Ideas?
    Congrats on your real commute. I would stick to the bike - if nothing else you will stick out from the herd. No bike rack at a city hall??? You must work on that when you get the job. I like the walk right in approach, especially if the weather is good (I make it a policy never to get on the bad side of janitorial staff). The flag pole souds OK to me, or if there is any front desk or security staff you could ask the best pace to park- it would be interesting to hear the answer.

    I learned the hard way not to use a handrail. This winter I ran in to a state office building just to deliver something & there was no rack, pole, etc., so I used the handrail on the front steps. Sure enough, when I came out, the biggest woman in Montpelier was struggling up the stairs & berated me with "that's a really bad place to leave your bike". I said something about the lack of a rack but I did feel bad for making her trek more difficult and slunk off to work.

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    Yeah Brian...take your bike! Congrats!....you can always go for it if you need it...3miles is not too much.

    You can also think on taking your car and leave it there if you have free parking , and of course if you are not going to use it later

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
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    cucuy

    Yeah, I'm not into shaving...at least not yet .... although I had to quite do it around the wound..hairs were getting stuck into it...painful when moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Congrats on your real commute. I would stick to the bike - if nothing else you will stick out from the herd. No bike rack at a city hall??? You must work on that when you get the job.
    Census work. Full time temp.

    QUOTE=mtbxplorer] I like the walk right in approach, especially if the weather is good (I make it a policy never to get on the bad side of janitorial staff). The flag pole sounds OK to me, or if there is any front desk or security staff you could ask the best pace to park- it would be interesting to hear the answer.[/QUOTE]

    There is a receptionist. Good idea. Innocent cyclist looking for bike rack.

    QUOTE=mtbxplorer] I learned the hard way not to use a handrail. This winter I ran in to a state office building just to deliver something & there was no rack, pole, etc., so I used the handrail on the front steps. Sure enough, when I came out, the biggest woman in Montpelier was struggling up the stairs & berated me with "that's a really bad place to leave your bike". I said something about the lack of a rack but I did feel bad for making her trek more difficult and slunk off to work. [/QUOTE]

    That's why I'm not using the posts for the overhang at the back door: an emergency exit issue with the fire chief just inside. Can you say "Jaws of Life"?

    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Yeah Brian...take your bike! Congrats!....you can always go for it if you need it...3miles is not too much.
    I am doing 20-40 at a whack now not every day yet so 3 is a piece of cake I could go flat out, but I'd be sweaty. Did that and more through 10 years of college and a job between and the first 6 months at Ohio State. No it's the barely warmed up car or truck after 3 milles when you have a good bike intended for this I was having issues with. Apparently you agree. Besides gas is headed over $3 again!

    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    You can also think on taking your car and leave it there if you have free parking , and of course if you are not going to use it later
    Or the truck. I can D lock the wheels and frame and cable lock the bike to the bed (throw on a tarp with bungees if it rains). I don't need a bike rack and I can leave helmet and tell tales in locked in the cab. I don't ride violent storms so the truck would bail me out. Good idea. I can still ask about a bike rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom93R1
    Good ride in today. It is Tempe Bike Week and today specifically was Bike to Work Day. So the city had a few free breakfast locations and a free t-shirt. Of course I think it is going to rain this afternoon so the ride home may not be so nice.
    I made it to the REI breakfast spot this morning, what a nice "treat"! Only felt a couple sprinkles on my way home, ended up doing 40.5 miles round trip today.

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    Bike VS Log - And log wins...

    Well, my commuting this summer had been going pretty well. I ride paved streets to work, and singletrack all the way home, it's a blast!

    Unfortunately, last night I came through a little valley faster than usual, trying to gain enough speed to crest the next hill and didn't see the log laying across the trail 'till it was too late. I tried to stop, no dice... I tried to go around... No dice... So at the last minute, I tried to bunny hop (which I suck at) and still managed to plow through the dumb log...

    Fortunately, from what I can tell, I have only bent my derailleur cage and dropout (both replaceable). And the derailleur was only an Acera one anyways, so good time to upgrade.

    But it still sucks that I had to drive today (LBS was already closed)! Oh well, I'll get it fixed up this weekend and be back on the trails on Monday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmac2004
    Well, my commuting this summer had been going pretty well.
    Summer? Things must be improving- last time you posted you had just been ambushed in a mad snowball attack. Good luck with your repairs.
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    Haha! Well, very true, but it's been amazing weather since then! We've been about 5° for lows and 25° for highs (about 41° to 77° F), bright and sunny.

    And I don't post a lot obviously...

    Here's a picture of the peak/valley section of my commute that I can hit some pretty decent speeds... Unfortunately, unless I learn to read the trail ahead better or figure out bunny hopping more than an inch or two off the ground, I'll have to start slowing it down as this is the section where the dumb log jumped out and got me.
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    Wow, what a beautiful commute! Is that a gas pipeline? We`ve got a few around here that look just about like that, except all sagebrush for a backdrop.
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    Yeah, I think it is actually (to be honest, I've never really looked around while on this part of the trail, I'm too busy just holding on!) Are you in California or somewhere similar? I've noticed a lot of pictures of that area in the States look a lot like where I ride here in Kamloops for sure.

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    Today was my first day commuting with my dog. I usually bring him to work but that always meant driving. Today he got the courage up to try the burley and I think he liked it.

    Only bad part was I got a flat and had to ride the last two miles with all my weight on the front wheel so I wouldn't be late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Cabletwitch
    Today was my first day commuting with my dog. I usually bring him to work but that always meant driving. Today he got the courage up to try the burley and I think he liked it.

    Only bad part was I got a flat and had to ride the last two miles with all my weight on the front wheel so I wouldn't be late.
    So you arrived dog tired?

    Couldn't resist.

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    Csmac- yeah, very close. I live in Nevada, about 45 minutes ride from the CA line.

    Mr C- that sounds pretty cool. What kind of job is it that allows you to bring your dog along?
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Depending on what the verdict is on whose fault it was, the insurance could cover everything damaged. I was hit from the from (dude turned into me) so my front wheel was the only thing screwed up. The insurance company was just going to buy me a whole new bike, but I told them the crash wasn't that bad and that I'd prefer to bring it to a bike shop for a full evaluation. Luckily my shop was cool and worked out a deal that was great for me.
    so after looking at the wheel the LBS said they cant rebuild it ......... and they cant get another pretty red one from Specialized/Alex cause they arent stocking anymore red ones so he wrote me up a work order saying that. So the insurance can by me a new wheelset that matches or a new bike ..... the rims he is trying to get them to get me are the bontager rhythm elites which I know is a nice upgrade from what I have The insurance claims lady is coming tomorrow to talk with me, *fingers crossed* theyll take care of me.
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    Hard to commute when you’re unemployed. Been one year and six days for me. Fukkas outsourced my job to Bangalore, India, and now the work of one person (me) is being farmed out among four inept blowhards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    The insurance claims lady is coming tomorrow to talk with me, *fingers crossed* theyll take care of me.
    This story may have some value to you. When my bike was totalled I presented the bill for $600 (1981 $) which included the same frame I had before (which being special order and not sold in a not built-up bike was $50 more than the NOS handbuilt frame exactly my size as if made for me that was in stock).

    The insurance adjuster said "But your'e not going to buy the same frame you had but the better and cheaper one in stock."

    "So...?"

    You're going to end up with a better bike that you had!" says the adjuster.

    "No, you are paying me what is costs to replace what I lost with EXACTLY what I had. If I chose to buy other parts instead, that is my concern, not yours."

    "But you come out better off" he retorts.

    "No you do. My wife came to the scene to find my crumpled bike, no me, and no one knew how I was. Imagine her state of mind for the 30 minutes until she was let in to see me. I spent from 5:00-5:15 lying on the road, another 15 in an ambulance, another 2 hours being checked over not knowing if I had microfractures of pelvis or spine. It took a week for the aches to dissiapate. I have been bikeless for two weeks. If I wait for the frame delivery it will be another 2 weeks. We haven't claimed ANY of that. I suggest you write the check."

    He did. I probably could have had the built-up full Campy Record Cinelli (another $400) to cover my inconvenience, but I'm still riding the replacement: The Duchess. The Cinelli would have been hard to keep from theives on campus, wheras no one knew the much rarer Mercian was in the same league.

    I hope you come out as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    This story may have some value to you. When my bike was totalled I presented the bill for $600 (1981 $) which included the same frame I had before (which being special order and not sold in a not built-up bike was $50 more than the NOS handbuilt frame exactly my size as if made for me that was in stock).

    The insurance adjuster said "But your'e not going to buy the same frame you had but the better and cheaper one in stock."

    "So...?"

    You're going to end up with a better bike that you had!" says the adjuster.

    "No, you are paying me what is costs to replace what I lost with EXACTLY what I had. If I chose to buy other parts instead, that is my concern, not yours."

    "But you come out better off" he retorts.

    "No you do. My wife came to the scene to find my crumpled bike, no me, and no one knew how I was. Imagine her state of mind for the 30 minutes until she was let in to see me. I spent from 5:00-5:15 lying on the road, another 15 in an ambulance, another 2 hours being checked over not knowing if I had microfractures of pelvis or spine. It took a week for the aches to dissiapate. I have been bikeless for two weeks. If I wait for the frame delivery it will be another 2 weeks. We haven't claimed ANY of that. I suggest you write the check."

    He did. I probably could have had the built-up full Campy Record Cinelli (another $400) to cover my inconvenience, but I'm still riding the replacement: The Duchess. The Cinelli would have been hard to keep from theives on campus, wheras no one knew the much rarer Mercian was in the same league.

    I hope you come out as well.
    thanks, I only see they have two options in my mind pay the $715 for a new wheelset being I cant get the OEM rim or pay $1200 for a new bike so I can have exactly what I had ........ btw do they let you keep the old bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    thanks, I only see they have two options in my mind pay the $715 for a new wheelset being I cant get the OEM rim or pay $1200 for a new bike so I can have exactly what I had ........ btw do they let you keep the old bike?
    Dunno. Imagine they let the shop dispose of it. Ask the shop, they'll be familiar with insurance work.

    In my case my bike was so customized they couldn't buy me the same bike off the floor. It was replace the frame and custom build a new bike regardless. A few parts were rebuilt or moved as is. A few were upgraded or replaces because they were too worn to bother with. Most were damaged in the crash. So there really wasn't anything left worth keeping.

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    Snuck a ride in ahead of the rain. Returning and 1.5 miles from home, a guy ran the Stop at the one subdivision faster than he should, had he had no stop or yield at all. I was glad I wasn't in water bottle throwing range. That corner is blind from the left until the last 20 feet. No way he could have stopped if I had been outbound. My wife saw the same stunt at a T near the soccer park at 11 with kids and cars backing out. Maybe the same guy. If so, he is an 'accident' waiting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Dunno. Imagine they let the shop dispose of it. Ask the shop, they'll be familiar with insurance work.

    In my case my bike was so customized they couldn't buy me the same bike off the floor. It was replace the frame and custom build a new bike regardless. A few parts were rebuilt or moved as is. A few were upgraded or replaces because they were too worn to bother with. Most were damaged in the crash. So there really wasn't anything left worth keeping.
    she offered me $500 saying she felt both parties where at fault ....... I told her I'd need at least the $715 for the new wheelset so let the wheeling dealing party begin ......
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    Isn`t a $715 front rim kind of steep for a $1200 bike? Even a whole wheelset for that price sounds out of balance to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Isn`t a $715 front rim kind of steep for a $1200 bike? Even a whole wheelset for that price sounds out of balance to me.
    well the whole issue is they cant get that stock OEM red alex rim so if im gonna get a new wheelset thats not really what I want ill get a decent one .....
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    Maybe it`s beside the point, but whatever Alex wheelset was on the bike originally could be upgraded very well for much less than that. It`s been a while since I shopped wheelgoods, but I bet you could get XT/717 (or equivalent preference) for $400 if you hunt around. Then again, they won`t be exactly the same, so maybe I`m on the wrong track. Those red rims really are pretty.

    EDIT: Yup. $230 plus shipping, already laced.
    http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=32
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Maybe it`s beside the point, but whatever Alex wheelset was on the bike originally could be upgraded very well for much less than that. It`s been a while since I shopped wheelgoods, but I bet you could get XT/717 (or equivalent preference) for $400 if you hunt around. Then again, they won`t be exactly the same, so maybe I`m on the wrong track. Those red rims really are pretty.

    EDIT: Yup. $230 plus shipping, already laced.
    http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...d&productId=32
    I need a 29" these are 26
    yeah I know the $500 will get me a much better wheelset than i have now but that red was awful sexy ....

    is pure any good?
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    well...results are here....as expected Cholesterol an Triglycerides are very high... Trigs.. real bad...197!

    knee wound is healing very slowly...but the pain is gone..I'm pretty sure I'll be back on monday...test ride planned for tomorrow.

    @pup
    I'm with rodar (if we have to choose a side ) $500 will give you a pretty good wheelset and upgrade to what you have, but If you can get it better..well..get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    well...results are here....as expected Cholesterol an Triglycerides are very high... Trigs.. real bad...197!

    knee wound is healing very slowly...but the pain is gone..I'm pretty sure I'll be back on monday...test ride planned for tomorrow.

    @pup
    I'm with rodar (if we have to choose a side ) $500 will give you a pretty good wheelset and upgrade to what you have, but If you can get it better..well..get it.
    yeah i want an upgrade for sure we'll see how it goes I hope your feeling better and heal up quick
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    well...results are here....as expected Cholesterol an Triglycerides are very high... Trigs.. real bad...197!
    I don`t understand much of that, but it doesn`t sound good. What are the implications and possible couses of action?
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    well, I now have to take some pills during 6 or 8 weeks and really get into a very low carb/frying stuff...taking out of the table the bad things...it surely has affected my cardio....something I understood is that, among other things, high Trigs are the ones that lead you to a Heart Attack.

    Next week Mom (doc) and Dad is visiting from Vzla...will try to make the Cardiologist appointment after her arrival.

    The High "Normal" Trigs..should be around 150-160...the lowest normal 35....wife take her tests in Tenerife two weeks ago...she got 49 points!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    I don`t understand much of that, but it doesn`t sound good. What are the implications and possible couses of action?
    means he needs to eat more cheerios
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    So while the wheel woes go with the 29er HT ill have to pull this guy off the hook and put some grips on it for riding next week.
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    [QUOTE=martinsillo]well...results are here....as expected Cholesterol an Triglycerides are very high... Trigs.. real bad...197!

    I don't know, my cholesterol came in at 300, was taking meds, crestor for over a year, made me wanna black out every time I stood up, lipitor makes my toenails and finger nails blue like I'm freezing but it's 72 degrees? The clincher was when I started vibrating, that's right, vibrating, like there's a jackhammer going off in my chest cavity, I'll take my chances with the heart attack, screw them pills!

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    @Martin: ice cream bars aren`t "bad things", are they?
    @Cranky: What did your numbers do when you were on the meds? Did they go right back when you stopped taking them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    she offered me $500 saying she felt both parties where at fault ....... I told her I'd need at least the $715 for the new wheelset so let the wheeling dealing party begin ......
    Dumb cop. To bad he didn't cite her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    well...results are here....as expected Cholesterol an Triglycerides are very high... Trigs.. real bad...197!

    knee wound is healing very slowly...but the pain is gone..I'm pretty sure I'll be back on monday...test ride planned for tomorrow.

    @pup
    I'm with rodar (if we have to choose a side ) $500 will give you a pretty good wheelset and upgrade to what you have, but If you can get it better..well..get it.
    High blood pressure + high triglycerides + high cholesterol is the signature of Metabolic Syndrome often a precursor to Adult onset diabetes. You don't want to have to hoe that row, man. Take your meds REALLY rework your diet as recommended (sweets big time, excess fats, too). Good luck. Remember it is hard to ride if blind (my mother's father) or if you lose a leg to side effects of diabetes (my father's grandfather and grandmother).

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    I don't know, my cholesterol came in at 300, was taking meds, crestor for over a year, ... screw them pills!
    Yeah each of is different. Lipitor gave me the bad muscle pain and degeneration that they now warn you of (didn't then) that can lead to kidney failure and death. The Doctor told me the muscle breakdown product was the highest reading he ever saw in a patient.

    So a different doctor said I had Metabolic Syndrome when my cholesterol was decent 180 and the triglycerides were on the cusp of normal/moderate. Basically I had angina without coronary blockage. They didn't understand, so they lumped me in another group where I did not fit.

    She wanted me on another statin. I said no. She explained why she thought I should. I asked have you ever been so weak you had to use your arms on the railings to climb stairs, or when descending you were afraid of collapsing? Ever been able to lift the front end of your lawn tractor to mount the deck and two weeks later you can't lift a frozen turkey from the freezer? Ever felt on waking like you have been mugged by a gang of sadistic former kick boxers? She just stared at me. I said I'm not taking another statin, my former cardiologist highly recommended against it. It is three years and I stil have not regained all my strength and at my age likely won't. My last consult with her and that clinic. Oh, and she didn't like the fact I understood the chemistry enough to know I did not fit the group. That is knew her diagnosis was crap.

    I am still one one BP med but half dose. I need to be below 110/70 regularly to try to go without it. I hope to leave it behind in time.

    Yeah you need to take control if you don't fit the average.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboypup
    So while the wheel woes go with the 29er HT ill have to pull this guy off the hook and put some grips on it for riding next week.
    Nice slummin'

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    Yeah, my cholesterol was down on the meds, and went back up as soon as I stopped taking them. My resting heart rate was 46 two years in a row when I saw the cardiologist. He said there's only a very small amount of plaque on one artery. They also had me on blood pressure meds over ten years ago, but a change in diet, and exercise and it's been very good without the meds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Dumb cop. To bad he didn't cite her.
    he said if he had to write up a full report he was gonna site me .........
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    I'm Back!

    Yesterday, test ride was good, no more bleeding, so it was OK to come today.

    Lazy me, didn't go to check the HR on Saturday...so...if it is OK...HR was crazy as usual.

    @rodar: I guess if you take one daily and you do not stop commuting it should be OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    I'm Back!
    Oh No! Run for your lives!

    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Yesterday, test ride was good, no more bleeding, so it was OK to come today.
    Not necessarily. Zombies don't bleed! Normal skin colour, no gaping mouth, heart beat? Good to go, then.

    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo
    Lazy me, didn't go to check the HR on Saturday...so...if it is OK...HR was crazy as usual.
    Better to have a crazy one than not to have one at all.

    Been thinking about asking the doctor to prescribe riding for my cardiovascular health. Then the bike stuff would be a medical deduction!

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    Brian...

    I meant:
    "Lazy me, didn't go to check the HR Monitor on Saturday..." sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyandy
    I don't know, my cholesterol came in at 300, was taking meds, crestor for over a year, made me wanna black out every time I stood up, lipitor makes my toenails and finger nails blue like I'm freezing but it's 72 degrees? The clincher was when I started vibrating, that's right, vibrating, like there's a jackhammer going off in my chest cavity, I'll take my chances with the heart attack, screw them pills!
    I was on Pravochol for high cholesterol for several years when the weak/painful muscle side effect hit me. Pretty much brought my riding to a halt.

    Doctor moved me to Welchol which works by binding to cholesterol in the small intestine and preventing the absorption of cholesterol into the blood. No more statin side effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc

    Been thinking about asking the doctor to prescribe riding for my cardiovascular health. Then the bike stuff would be a medical deduction!
    That's something that should have been in the obamacare bill, make bicycle equipment tax deductible!

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    ^ I blew up a knee snowboarding and the physical therapist prescribed bike time... I was riding as soon as I had the range of motion back anyway, but he said there was nothing better for rebuildng those tendons and ligaments...never thought to buy a new bike and deduct it as a medical expense that would have been sweet.
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    I am back on dogsitting duty for a couple weeks, so instead of commuting today, took my charge ( a 7 year old belgian sheepdog) on her first MTB ride before work. She wondered if she should herd it up at first, but when I discouraged that she settled right in & ignored the bike, figuring out that this was fun like hiking only faster. Belgians are fast, she only had to break out of a trot on the downhills, and ran an hour no problem. We saw a deer & 2 turkeys on the snowmobile trail. Her owner is on an interesting mission; transporting $100K of wine from someone's Cape Cod wine cellar to somewhere in Colorado, seeing friends there & getting flown back. VT'r are famous for piecing together "jobs" into a living.

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    I was attending a conference last week, so I didn't get much time on my bike (or on the computer) since I needed to run between the university and the hotel where the conference was held (traffic is too crazy crossing the Las Vegas Strip for me to ride, so I drove).

    I'm back to my old schedule this week; it feels great. It's more than warm enough to ride in shorts and short sleeves in the morning now. We're supposed to hit 90 degrees tomorrow. Then the rain comes again and we drop back into the 60s or 70s... this is some of the craziest weather I've seen here in a looong time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOnBike
    I was on Pravochol ...Pretty much brought my riding to a halt. Welchol ... No more statin side effect.
    Tried it and another. Gut went on strike with either. Now I know that the food intolerances were part of that. No Cholesterol issue anyway. They wanted to bring it from mid normal to low normal or less because of a family history they did not understand (food intolerance again).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    She wondered if she should herd it up at first, but when I discouraged that she settled right in & ignored the bike, figuring out that this was fun like hiking only faster.
    Had my first dog come out of nowhere full tilt in decades, fortunately barking, but first bark was at sidewalk third bark was 50 feet away and at my leg. Fast dog. Right out into the Y where I was bearing left. Where is traffic when you really need it? I only had time for one yell and this is a narrow chicane with oncoming coming up, so I unclipped the right foot, moved it forwad and when the dog went open mouthed for it, it got a SIDI Heel imprint on the tongue/lower jaw. I wasn't gentle. NEVER seen that dog there before in four years riding there. Newly acquired, moved in, or visiting, I don't know.

    It will be interesting if that makes it more or less belligerent the next time I'm by there. I did not file a complaint this time as I am hoping the problem is solved. Of course. no one in sight or willing to step out and call it back. Nice looking dog, but a mid-small deer hound size and color and his actions were all-business. No time for spray or horn, so thanks to some here, "Plan D" was on my list and executed better than I thought possible. He ended up with a bad case of foot in mouth disease.

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    Mixed surface ride

    I headed North yesterday with the intention of riding a bit farther up US 395. It`s got a lot of traffic, but the huge shoulder makes a nice highway for getting from one place to another, even for a cyclist. I made it up three towns past the most northest point I`d previously ridden and even manged a detour to an extra town off the main drag (found out there was nothin there to see). By the time I turned around up in CommuterBoy territory, I was really tired of all the engine noise, so I backed up one town and headed for the hills. Good plan. I already knew that the top of that little spur off the Sierra had relatively flat and nicely maintained dirt and gravel roads that meander through an endless string of meadows and beaver ponds. Getting up there wasn`t easy, but it was worth the effort since I was able to catch everything at its prettiest- late afternoon golden light, then early morning sideways light, with a peaceful evening in between. But I didn`t count on subfreezing temps, so I didn`t stash my water in the bag with me and couldn`t have my morning coffee until 9AM Back down to the valley after coffee and a few more hours of noisy traffic, now I`m home with stinky clothes and body washed, damp gear drying, and ready for a nap. Back to work in five hours
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    ooh! ah! Nice pix, very scenic...except the snow, we're over that now, even though 2" forecast tonight. Hope work is OK despite the lack of sleep- jope you don't have to go on the roof after your short sleep!

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    That high country (relative to here) snow pic reminds me of seeing north face snow banks melting in late July at 10,000 feet in the Canadian Rockies north of Banff. Snow was due in to stay the next week. Talk about having snow stay around a long time! Edith Cavell at 12,500 has permanent snow, and that snow bank told us we were close to that line for that latitude.

    Great pics.

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    Nice Rodar. I spy Honey Lake (I blew up my dirt bike going flat out on that lake bed a couple years ago). Where did you cut up into the hills? Guessing Doyle grade by your description (and the Beckwourth/Fitch Canyon sign). Or did you climb Janesville grade? I've done that one...ouch. And then dirt roads back to Loyalton-ish? Highway 70 back to civilization? That's a killer loop.


    As for the commute today... Rodar got back to reality just in time. We had a heck of a "wind event" last night. Today was pouring rain, trees had fallen down, fences were blown down everywhere, big branches had fallen out of the sky, the power was out...eerie calm and a downpour for this morning's ride to work.
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    wow...nice pix rodar!

    I made an "issues-less" commuter day yesterday!
    Today temp was a bit cooler than usual, but made it on shorts and t-shirt anyway

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    Holy crap! Here`s your wind event, CB. I just got back from work in what was without a doubt the strongest wind I`ve ever ridden in... and it was a TAILWIND! I submit for evidence the unadulterated picture of my max speed according to CatEye. For a while I had visions of smashing my PB for the ride home, possibly cutting over a third off the time, but I had to backtrack upwind for a block due to a downed powerline. I absolutely couldn`t pedal against it and even walking my bike took all I could muster. Branches are down wherever there are trees and several sections of my fence are gone. "Gone", in this case not meaning laying in the neighbor`s yard, but "It was all there when I left and I have no idea where it is now".
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    Its that time of the year when the Cherry Creek that run through Denver starts to overtake the bike path that runs right next to it. So my commutes have been a little more interesting with riding through the flooded spots.
    I also got rid of my 2000 Rockshox SID XC air for a Surely Instigator ridged fork. I bet the Rockshox had at least 10,000 miles on it. Good stuff.

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    Thanks, guys. C.B., you got it almost right. I made it as far as the rest stop just before Janesville, then went back to Milford Grade (the forgotten triplet) and came down Doyle. That`s my second time down Doyle but it was only the first time up anything on your side- first time I rode Doyle I had gone up via Frenchman. I need to pour over the maps because I smell a serious offroad epic up in that area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Holy crap! Here`s your wind event, CB. I just got back from work in what was without a doubt the strongest wind I`ve ever ridden in... and it was a TAILWIND! I submit for evidence the unadulterated picture of my max speed according to CatEye. For a while I had visions of smashing my PB for the ride home, possibly cutting over a third off the time, but I had to backtrack upwind for a block due to a downed powerline. I absolutely couldn`t pedal against it and even walking my bike took all I could muster. Branches are down wherever there are trees and several sections of my fence are gone. "Gone", in this case not meaning laying in the neighbor`s yard, but "It was all there when I left and I have no idea where it is now".

    That is beautiful. I'm glad someone else experienced it. I hit a break in the wind for my ride to work, but it's kicking up again now...my wife just called to let me know that we lost a tree (great...cleanup work for me) and we're missing a trash can. ...we're not in Kansas anymore!!
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    But maybe my fence and your trashcan are in Kansas. Hoping I beat BrianMC to the punch
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Thanks, guys. C.B., you got it almost right. I made it as far as the rest stop just before Janesville, then went back to Milford Grade (the forgotten triplet) and came down Doyle. That`s my second time down Doyle but it was only the first time up anything on your side- first time I rode Doyle I had gone up via Frenchman. I need to pour over the maps because I smell a serious offroad epic up in that area.

    I could get from my front door all the way to highway 70 on dirt ... It would be easy to to piece together a ride from Truckee to Chester/Almanor on 99% dirt. Beautiful country.
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    I have a better handle on the Truckee/Stampede area than I do of the Frenchman/Davis/Antelope zone. Bordertown is within pretty easy riding distance from home and that gets me to Truckee, Verdi, Prosser, SR89, Loyalton...
    Well, you know how it goes.
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    Yikes, CB & Rodar - stay out of the way of falling & blowing stuff!
    Sim - stay dry!
    Martin - nice to get a report with no injuries!
    RActive - welcome back!

    Rain changed to snow here now, but not sticking.

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    But maybe my fence and your trashcan are in Kansas. Hoping I beat BrianMC to the punch
    Sorry, just reading now. Busted! EXACTLY what I thought.

    Went in early. Like and hour early. After the School bus, but before frantic kids and mothers on cell phones in minivans with kids in the back blitzkrieged their way to school so they won't be late..again.

    Smart move. Nearly had the roads to myself. I'll take a novel tomorrow. Threatening showers but didn't. At City Hall, I took the bike inside no questions asked. It was in my sight the whole time there. Perfect.

    Sunny ride home. Rode at lunch to wear some of that off. Rear QR not quite tight enough. torqued that puppy on one launch into the brake pad/fender stays. I thought "man I'm getting slow." Not the usual acompanying noises, just a little power grab. Spun some wheels: aha! Not so bad then, for an old guy dargging a brake!

    The wild geraniums are now in bloom at my house:



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    Late April on the way to work
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    Somebody has a few dandelions to pull!
    Starting to get warm here in phoenix, for the ride home about 92 and some wind. Nothing like what you guys were talking about but enough to annoy me.

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    Sun was shining, birds were singing, cars in the street looked a bit frosty, a hint of green coming through the tan grass, some green on a few trees too. Slight head wind to work.

    I'll try to do a little trail ride in the evening. There's rains coming later this week and I prefer to ride when the sky is clear.

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    Wind is gone. It's snowing now. I don't want to talk about it.
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    The sun returned today after nearly a week of clouds and rain. I had a cyclist behind me today for the first time ever (that I know of). I didn't see him until he turned off into a parking lot in the same business park I work in.

    At the end of my commute, the road was blocked by a couple trucks, a van, and a car. I had no choice but to turn off into a parking lot adjoining ours and ride up a steep grassy hill. Most of it was too steep to ride up, but I found a rideable section over some tree roots. It wasn't much, but it was more fun than asphalt.

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    It was really nice here this morning in south Louisiana, low 50s with little humidity. While on my commute, a co-worker clocked me descending at 35 mph inside the tunnel – should have seen the look on that pedestrian’s face when I was barrelling down on him face-to-face! Not too shabby for Surly 1X1, 3:1 ratio SS.

    I was pondering post-ride this morning on my days I drive to work how little I can actually recall. In contrast, on this morning’s bike commute I recall: 1) a high school kid who asked “would you like a donut Mr. Bikeguy?” 2) decided along my ride I would change my route and follow traffic to prevent stoppage at one main 4-way intersection, 3) a guy in his pajamas trimming his jasmine bushes, 4) the pedestrian who gladly moved out of my way on the narrow tunnel walkway, 5) coffee spillage out my travel mug on to my leg (I hit that curb too hard), 6) a motorcycle who slowed as he past me, and 7) the reminiscing from the co-worker post-ride when it was all over.

    All of that is better than any NPR report I may hear on Sirius if I had decided to drive…

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    ...but I had to backtrack upwind for a block due to a downed powerline. I absolutely couldn`t pedal against it and even walking my bike took all I could muster. Branches are down wherever there are trees and several sections of my fence are gone. "Gone", in this case not meaning laying in the neighbor`s yard, but "It was all there when I left and I have no idea where it is now".
    Holy crap... Well, I was complaining about a my headwind on Monday and Tuesday to my wife... But I think I'll shut up now...

    My commutes this week have been slow to home (wind) and wet to work, but still pretty fun! Found some new trails coming out of my subdivision, so I'm in love all over again and can't wait to ride them every morning!

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    We're getting the winds down here now. I heard about the winds you guys were getting up there in the Sierra on the news - 100 mph?? Forecast today said up to 70mph in the mountains, but only around 50mph here in the valley. My ride to campus was directly into the wind; slow but doable (if I had to commute more than 3 miles, I would've considered driving today). Should be a niiice ride home - not 49mph nice (er, that'd be breaking the speed limit on my commute by about 15mph), but faster than normal.

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    Thunderstorm rolled in before I left for work and I got soaked to the bone. Monsoon-level rains! That's the kind of thing where not even full fenders are going to keep your dry. I did have fun though, I really did!
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    It was beautiful this morning riding into work, but right now it's hailing with lightning and thunder. Should be an interesting ride home.

    I'm got my fenders on the road bike, and rain gear so I'm good. Might even have a wicked tailwind too!

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    A couple years ago, I was stranded in a crazy electric storm. The lightning was crackling over my head and the lightning definitely got my blood pumping. There have only been a couple times in my life that I've been terrified by lightning and that was one of them.

    The other time I was in middle school and my friend and I had been playing outside during a thunderstorm. We got a little scared and sat on a porch to dry off a bit. Suddenly there was a huge crash and little balls of fire were floating around in the air. I thought I was hallucinating as the balls danced around, but my friend saw them too. I'll never forget that.

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    well....seems like the weather is crazy for most of us... here some north winds and shower rains cooled down the city...wasn't riding today anyways...I'm picking the parents up at the airport today... so I had to bring our car.

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    One foot of snow,stayed home & telecommuted. Most of that 1' has slid off the roof & is blocking the front door in a 4' pile. Lots of snow on & falling off the trees, some trees falling from the snow. In town, 3 mi & 1000' lower, only got 3". Walked the dog I am taking care of on the trails out back we MTB'd a couple days ago.
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    Dang! Martin is right- CRAZY weather everywhere this week! A foot of new stuff, Xplorer? Is that business as usual for late April, or just your normal fare?

    Stumonky, your cranks must have been spinning like a hamster wheel!

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    Gary, dry out soon.
    Martin, hope your folks have a nice visit- have fun playing tour guide.
    Radio Active, are you about ready to start your Summer adventures pretty soon?

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    Haha, this weather is strange!

    This morning was clear and beautiful and the ride was awesome. While I was at work it clouded up, hailed, rained, and made it look like I'd get wet. But it cleared up quite nicely and I stretched my commute home to 15 miles to enjoy the afternoon. And then during dinner, not an hour after I got home it's hailing and raining again. And NOW, clearing up with a Double Rainbow. WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Suddenly there was a huge crash and little balls of fire were floating around in the air. I thought I was hallucinating as the balls danced around, but my friend saw them too. I'll never forget that.

    Ball lightning or St. Elmo's Fire. Yeah, people think you're nuts if they haven't seen it.

    Thirty four cool F degrees this AM, well last AM. Windshields frosted pretty well. Had to break out the skull cap and the gloves with full fingers. Surprising how a light jacket and a good ride keeps you warm if there isn't a 15-25 mph wind.

    Had a video camera strapped to the rear rack and drivers seemed a bit more kind. Too small a sample size. By makes me think a light plastic dummy camera might be a help.
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    Light drizzle and cool weather in the morning. Looks like some snow fell during the night but it was almost all gone by the time I went out with the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Dang! Martin is right- CRAZY weather everywhere this week! A foot of new stuff, Xplorer? Is that business as usual for late April, or just your normal fare?
    April snow is expected here, but we got very little this year, so this was a very late and heavier than normal surprise. At least my apple trees were not leafed out or blooming yet. 70's forecast for this weekend. Cold last night, the snow is now crunchy.

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    We got a dusting of snow at my house, but it's warm enough (32 or so) that the roads didn't ice up. The morning sun came blasting sideways under the cloud canopy during my ride, and quickly dissapeared above it as I got to work...grey again now. Amazing shades of white snow and spring green in the orange and yellow sun this morning.

    I had a cool run-in with some deer this morning. There were 4 of them lined up to cross the street...the one in front was standing in the bike lane staring at me as I came around the corner, the rest were lined up single file behind this fearless leader. They seemed to think (as deer often do) that if they stood perfectly still for long enough, I would either vanish or somehow pass right through them without incident... then at the last moment, the leader seemed to realize that this was a foolish thing to do, since the guy on the bike wasn't slowing down (I jedi mind trick deer into action on a regular basis...no brakes necessary). The leader sprang into action and crossed the road without incident, as did deer number 2. Deer number 3 did not have time to cross the bike lane in front of me, and as she realized this she made a hard right and started doing that 'boing, boing, boing" effortless deer gallop right down the bike lane, maybe 15 feet in front of me (which quickly grew to at least 30 feet...man I wish I could accelerate like that). Deer number 4 also made a hard right and held pace with deer number 3 for a few boings, but then just before a large stand of bushes she peeled back off of the road to the right (I had effectively split the heard like a cheeta stalking impala). Back to deer number 3... as we passed this stand of bushes, there was nowhere for the deer to go except right down the bike lane or out into the road, which she didn't seem to want to do, so for a minute there we were both just commuting along down the bike lane. The best part was just after the bushes... it's right as I'm coming into town and there's one of those "SPEED LIMIT 25. YOUR SPEED:" signs with the digital read-out of your speed. So we round the corner and I see through the bushes that the deer is clocked at 20mph...I rang up at 18. Just before the sign (after the bushes) she peeled off to the right and circled behind the bushes to catch up with the family. This would have been an AWESOME morning for a helmet cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Ball lightning or St. Elmo's Fire. Yeah, people think you're nuts if they haven't seen it.
    I've always thought it was ball lightning. St. Elmo's Fire sounds different to me. It was probably a once in a lifetime kind of experience.

    As for the commute, it was 45 when I rode in, and it will be close to 80 when I get home. You all can keep your snow. The allergens are clearing up a bit. I had a great trail ride yesterday. I could actually breathe!

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    The deer sound like goofy quail. If you ever do get a helmet camera,...

    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    It was probably a once in a lifetime kind of experience.
    Zero times for me, so even less frequent than once in every lifetime. Sounds like I`m missing out on something good, too.

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    yeah CB, we want a deer encounter vid!

    not commuting these days...I'm going to have lunch with the folks! Mommy is cooking!..will leave them on a bus tour after that...besides vacations days here in Mex are too few....our work load right now is huge...will be leaving to San Antonio, TX on Saturday for a few days...to cover their shopping hungry in San Marcos .

    this visit is more of a reunion than a touring trip...specially for dad and I...almost two years of only Skype contact.

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    at the deer story. Didn't know deer "boing" at 20mph!


    Windy here, but it was the right direction. I really hope the winds change direction by the time I am heading home or it's going to be a long ride.

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    CB! Neat story. Yes, you would definitely be a youtube sensation by now if you got that on video...but I am glad to see you have such law-abiding deer in your area - not even speeding!

    Quite unusual.. deer don't seem to go along the roadway for long, though I've noticed that moose will trot a long ways along a guard rail to go around it rather than bother to jump over it like a deer would.

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    Yes, very strange. They don't like to hang out on the pavement. They are usually aiming for dirt at the first opportunity, even if that means springing over a monster fence.

    It's the first time I've clocked a boinging deer... I would estimate that the boing (all 4 feet hitting the ground and leaving the ground at the same moment) would carry the average deer up to maybe 28mph... completely effortlessly. then they switch to the hind legs/front legs thing and completely skip the 30's...from what I've seen, it's instant acceleration from 28 to 42 or so. The exception would be if that moment of aceleration happens on pavement. They just can't seem to get a handle on thier powerband and its affect on traction when on a smooth surface...it's like riding a two stroke in the snow
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    Reindeer run along roads all the time. I have not ventured into reindeer husbandry zones too many times in my life. But if you do, they are the thing to look out for when driving: grey animals on grey roads

    Last summer... This one was too fast for me to catch on a singlespeed mountain bike:


    These guys were just taking it easy between the road and the shops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Radio Active, are you about ready to start your Summer adventures pretty soon?
    Yep, I will be taking my PhD qualifying exams next Friday and then I head up to Idaho. I've been slowly packing over the last couple of weeks, so I should be just about ready to go by then. It'll be nice to escape the summer heat for a while.

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    how's my commute? rear armadillo's chunking off.
    was enjoying the skinnies, but thinking the fat tires might be best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    We got a dusting of snow ... Amazing shades of white snow and spring green in the orange and yellow sun this morning. I had a cool run-in with some deer this morning. ...the deer is clocked at 20mph...I rang up at 18. Just This would have been an AWESOME morning for a helmet cam.
    Deer Commuter: Boy...was'at fun! Call'im deer stalker or deer rider. Just don't call'im Deer Abby!

    Nice. They are gorgeous. Poetry in motion. Except when ripping the hood of your car off at 70 mph! It's 'deer departed' then. Veni. Vidi. Venison. Honda makes a decent deer tenderizer. 8 points on antlers not license. 295 pounds dressed (so maybe 355-360 naked: big!). Ohio corn fed
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    [QUOTE=mtbxplorer]One foot of snow. QUOTE]

    That's a 'four-letter-word' for bike commuters. Should be: 's**w' closely realted to 's**t'.

    Lovely Dec 24. Sucks hind teat (a four letter word, but not a 'four-letter-word'). in late April. ENOUGH ALREADY! I thought late March blizzards were the pits!
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    Had a truck barrelling down on me at maybe 50+ in the 30 when he got close enough to see the video camera on the back. I don't KNOW that he saw it, but there seemed to me to be an abrupt decrease in speed which I will confirm or not depending. If it is real, then, I have found something that makes some observant divers behave better. That leaves the ones on drugs, booze, too little sleep, or busy texting. Short of a machine cannon from an Apache attack helicopter on the rear carrier, heading for the ditch is the only option for them.

    Previous videos went night mode on me in morning or bright day. Bungee cord switch adjustment. Would have liked to have seen two incidents too, including one I shouted at to get over. The front end was within a foot of my place in the lane while I was halfway down the side. Rear bumper cleared by more as I gave up the middle of my lane but may have been within 6". Felt like intimidation to me. May have been just dumba$$ driving. That was folowed immediately with a right turn signal with only 50 feet instead of 120 by statute (illegal right hand turn), and right turn completed about 20 feet in front of me. She'd have been screwed in the left lane had I been on my other bike and a lot faster accelerating and speed. A road hog, too impatient and not enough safety margin, and inconsiderate, even intimidating, but not really life threatening. That would have given me a good mad-on for days. Now just a shrug. So the avoidance of food I don't tolerate is helping.

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    I wonder how many folks actually see the camera? That would be a cool study. Helmet cam is on the shopping list. I have a few helmets I'd like to 'cam' from....dirt bike, mountian bike, snowboard. Fun video potential. Anyone know of any cheap ones that I could plug into a Sony handycam with the D/V plug? Not even sure how much something like that would cost... or if it exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime

    These guys were just taking it easy between the road and the shops:
    Cool reindeer!
    Sound like moose in terms of road danger though. I looked up from the passenger seat once at the driver's yelp, and saw a big moose nose looking in the driver's window from the center line!

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    Reindeer! Awesome! They`re the same thing as caribou? Don`t know- I`ve never even been anywhere that had them. Only gotten to see two moose and they were at quite a distance, half suberged in a swamp. This is getting to be like Marlin Perkins` commute.

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    CommuterBoy, you have strictly mule deer, don`t you? I`ve seen a few white tails near Eureka and up in Idaho- they`re even goofier (and boingier) than mulies.

    Good luck, R.A! I know you said they`re going to be working trips, but I sure hope you get to play some and take advantage of being in new places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I wonder how many folks actually see the camera?
    No deer, reindeer, or moose. Some Elks, Shriners, and Kiwanis, though.

    Looked over the tape. One morning driver did NOT respond to the camera. Passed in comparison to my pace at something like 50-60 in a 30 zone! Without slowing and only 20 feet back he slaloms into the oncoming lane just behind the last oncoming vehicle. I'm glad I didn't have to take it onto the lawns there.

    Lucky for the dog 100 feet further along, he was by. A Jack Russell terrier with harness and ownerless leash came after me, got too excited, (as is their wont), and was almost run over by another pickup coming up from behind.

    The pickup that I thought slowed on the way home, did slow and passed at maybe 35 after approaching at 45-50. Whether it was the camera or realization that passing a cyclist in a 30 zone at 50+ is not good form, I don't know.

    No wind and 44 * F this morning but this evening it was 72 * F and the gusts were 25 in the open and where they swept up a grade and hit the crest or were funneled in a venturi effect, much faster. They felt like you rode into molasses suddenly or somehow you instantly gained 80 pounds. Up a hill a half mile from home I'm cranking a nice 42/17 in to a 10 mph wind until 1/3 the way up, the blast set me back. I dropped to 42/34 in maybe, 10 yards. It shows on the camera like I had braked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    CommuterBoy, you have strictly mule deer, don`t you? .
    Rodar, OT, but speaking of mules, J Deere just welded my mule drive (for garden tractor) for $69! Wish I had learned to weld! Only about a 5"long piece of 1/2"round stock that had broken off, it fits in the slots on the tractor. My ex's brother welded & worked for a place with the sexist slogan "Men of Steel" on all their trucks & stuff...I always wanted to apply & see if they would give me a "woman of steel" truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Cool reindeer!
    Sound like moose in terms of road danger though.
    Just a lot smaller. Reindeer stay on the road, so you have a chance of seeing them in time. Moose mainly just dash across it, coming from trees and bushes, giving you little or no warning.

    ... a moose has a lot more bone and muscle for crushing your windscreen and roof

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    What is a reindeer? It is a semi-domesticated deer. Every year, the herds are collected inside some big fences. There some are butchered for meat and skins, and the owners mark the young ones of their does (the reindeer of several owners go together in a herd).

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    Grey day today, just enough water in the air to keep everything damp.

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    Half day at work today. I'll see what the 12:30 commute is like. Traffic was light this morning. It is practically a local holiday as horse racing fans gear up for the Oaks today and the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.

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    What we have here is a gigantic old pine tree that used to be forked into 3 pieces...after this weeks wind it is forked into 2 pieces... one of the biggest trees in the neighborhood. I was a day late on the pic... it was between two houses (literally landed on the fence) and small town etiquitte states that the first neighbor on scene with a chainsaw claims the firewood So it's cut into rounds already, but still a testament to the wind we had earlier in the week.

    Also in the pic is a deer moving slower than 20mph. I think she's sleeping. I'm not sure if she was a victim of the windstorm or not (I have a neighbor who lost a horse when a tree fell on it a couple years ago...heck of a way to go). I don't remember seeing the deer the morning the tree came down though... probably just another statistic. There are at least 4 that aren't smelling too good on my commute currently.
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    Hmmm... I don`t know what a mule drive is (except maybe if it has to do with Tennessee Ernie Ford), but I thought it was a law to buy a welder when you bought a tractor.


    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    Half day at work today. I'll see what the 12:30 commute is like. Traffic was light this morning. It is practically a local holiday as horse racing fans gear up for the Oaks today and the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.
    That makes for less traffic? I would expect it to bring more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    That makes for less traffic? I would expect it to bring more.
    More in some spots, less in others. Most of the traffic on my commute is either related to the nearby schools or the migration of workers into and out of the business park. The howling winds outside my office might be a factor though...

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    Oh and yes Rodar, all mulies. I remember seeing whitetail when I was a wee little lad on the other side of the mountain (quincy area) but it seems to be all mulies on the east slope. On a side note, I saw a herd of antelope not very far out into the valley a couple weeks ago. You used to have to go way out in the desert to see them. They are so cool...closest thing we have to africa.
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    First Commute of the Year

    I used to commute three days a week for about six months. I had a friend who lived next door to my work, so i could shower and get ready there. He moved, so I stopped commuting by bicyle. A friend convinced me I could do it, and still be fresh for work. So, I did. Allowed an extra 45 minutes for cool down and changing. Wore a wicking shirt. Cooled off in front of a fan for 30 minutes. Baby wiped any areas that had sweated. Reaplied deoderant. Ran my head under water. Suited up. I feel as fresh as if I had showered after my ride instead of before. I think I shall keep this up. Unfortunately it is going to rain on my ride home, and I am not prepared for a rain ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codwater
    Allowed an extra 45 minutes for cool down and changing. Wore a wicking shirt. Cooled off in front of a fan for 30 minutes. Baby wiped any areas that had sweated. Reaplied deodorant. Ran my head under water. Suited up....

    ....I am not prepared for a rain ride.
    Boy, am I glad I "work in construction or something".
    Anyway, thumbs up to you for the dedication to go through all that. As far as the rain goes, I`m NEVER prepared to ride in it- I hate getting wet. Good thing I live in the desert

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Hmmm... I thought it was a law to buy a welder when you bought a tractor.
    If you can't or won't they sign you up for annual maintenance! JD 445

    Well they said winds 20-30 with gusts higher. They always seem to be about 20-25% low. It was 61 * F when I got up, went down to 58 back to 61 when I left. That is warmer than Tuesday's high. Will hit low 80's later. Rode in with SSE veering SSW at 15-25 with gusts higher riding half of the miles east and half north. North messed up with a light and stop signs so no gain just no headwind. Homeward the winds were now S veering SW 2--30 with the 40+ 'down the hill' issues of yesterday. Glad they weren't crosswinds. It took only 30 feet to go from the 42-17 approach ratio to the 42-34 crank it out gear. I sure make a helluva windbreak! The cooler is slightly more aero. All those helmet vents are extra wind resistance and the blockhead doesn't help!

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    The local forecast for Sunday night/Monday is a low of 34 and a high of 72. Now how in the wide world of sports am I supposed to dress for THAT? That's almost a 40 degree spread! Where is that Al Gore guy that caused all of this? I'd like to slap him around.
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    On a positive note, today turned out to be the nicest day of the past 365, easily. I will be extending my ride home by at least 10 miles. I really can't comprend how horrible it is that I'm indoors right now. This is the spring day you read about in the brochure. I can't stop staring out the open window. Wow. Dead calm, 68 degrees, bright yellow sun, huge puffy white clouds, every scrap of dirt has something green shooting out of it, trees are flowering everywhere. Dust is non-existant because of all the rain, but everything is dry enough that there is no mud. The river is swollen, the mountains are white, the birds are singing...should I go on? This has the potential to be one epic weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    On a positive note, today turned out to be the nicest day of the past 365, easily. .... The river is swollen, the mountains are white, the birds are singing...should I go on? This has the potential to be one epic weekend.
    "I meant to do my work today, but a brown bird sang in the apple tree, and all the birds were calling me..." Elton John

    Yeah. A good "Mental Health" day. A sick of work day.

    If you can, rearrange schedules, and go if you see another. They are not common.. You will be more productive the next day for it. The mental health benefits of spring are proven, BUT you must go outdoors. Even taking your laptop to a nice outside location will be a huge help. Welders have a bit if a problem, though.

    To invert a Klingon proverb: "It is a good day to live."

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    Double full rainbow at the end of the commute today.

    But I drove to work - MTB'd with the dogsittee before work and she flushed a huge turkey 50' in the air.
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    Nothing special on the way into work, but I took the extra long way home extra late and crashed the ASU undies run. Well worth the extra 10 miles and riding home in the dark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    Double full rainbow at the end of the commute today.

    But I drove to work - MTB'd with the dogsittee before work and she flushed a huge turkey 50' in the air.
    Lovely. So ephemeral. So hard to capture well on film or digital.

    I once saw a complete triple with my father and two brothers. It is a cherished memory. Dad said he had never seen a triple horizon to horizon before and since he was almost 4 X my age and 'ancient' in my eyes at the time (though over a decade younger than I am now), that special moment is invoked whenever I see a double. Thanks.

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    Nice shot, Xplorer!

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    Awesome pic! We had a double fatty rainbow not too long ago that I got a pretty decent picture of. Does anyone know why in a double rainbow, the order of colors is reversed in the second rainbow? Serious question, I don't know... something to do with the way refraction of light works? Or is it a reflection of the first rainbow? Something to do with leprechauns?


    My commute was windy. headwind all the way in. That's pretty rare in the morning around here. Windy afternoons are a dime a dozen, but windy mornings don't come around all that much. I was not celebrating. And CommuterWife hasn't given birth yet, but I'm entering that time when it might be foolish to ride to work, because it could be any day... didn't have to take any driving days with the last one, but if we go beyond the due date I'm going to have to start driving.
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    Cold commute this morning... Jeepers, the weather can't make up it's mind! Saw a guy biking downtown with coffee in hand, hah! Maybe it was one of you guys on this forum...

    Told a guy who blew by me a bit too close for comfort to give me some breathing room next time and his mature response was to tell me to stay off the f%@#in road... Hah! Oh well, maybe next time he'll just run me right over and then I'll be sorry I ever opened my mouth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Awesome pic! We had a double fatty rainbow not too long ago that I got a pretty decent picture of. Does anyone know why in a double rainbow, the order of colors is reversed in the second rainbow? Serious question, I don't know... something to do with the way refraction of light works? Or is it a reflection of the first rainbow? Something to do with leprechauns?
    And for Bri's triple rainbow....

    from Wikipedia:
    Frequently, a dim secondary rainbow is seen outside the primary bow. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50°–53°. As a result of the second reflection, the colours of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The secondary rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander's band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it.

    A third, or tertiary, rainbow can be seen on rare occasions, and a few observers have reported seeing quadruple rainbows in which a dim outermost arc had a rippling and pulsating appearance. These rainbows would appear on the same side of the sky as the Sun, making them hard to spot. One type of tertiary rainbow carries with it the appearance of a secondary rainbow immediately outside the primary bow. The closely spaced outer bow has been observed to form dynamically at the same time that the outermost (tertiary) rainbow disappears. During this change, the two remaining rainbows have been observed to merge into a band of white light with a blue inner and red outer band. This particular form of doubled rainbow is not like the classic double rainbow due to both spacing of the two bows and that the two bows share identical normal colour positioning before merging. With both bows, the inner colour is blue and the outer colour is red.

    I don't follow that explanation 100%, but I will definitely throw around the term "Alexander's Band" the next time I see one.

    I took the pic with my new Commuter & MTB-proof (OK, resistant) phone, a Motorola Tundra (AT&T). Built to military specifications (Mil-STD-810F) to withstand dust, shock, vibration, rain, humidity, altitude and temperature extremes. So far so good.

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    ^^ Sweet. I knew someone would look it up for me

    How many MP's is the camera on that phone? I'm in the market for a beefy new cell phone.
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    ^^ 2 MP, with 4 resolution settings & 3 picture quality settings. That one was medium resolution (of xs, sm, m ,l) & good picture quality (of good, better, best). Also has autotimer, video, & multi shot. I like that you can autosave pix, before I had to hit save etc. before taking next shot. Haven't figured out video saving yet though, I have had to send ones to save them so far. Perhaps I should crack the manual....

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    This afternoon I was written up by the Railroad Police for trespassing. I didn't know I was trespassing or that there was even such a thing as the Railroad Police, but I guess I do now. Luckily I didn't get fined, but I do have to take the overpass and brave the car traffic.

    The biking/walking trail I ride practically dead ends at the railway. There's an old road there that has been sliced in two by the rail line. I've always ridden as far as I can and carried my bike across. Now I will have to loop back around to the traffic light and cross with the line of cars. I guess I'll find something that works, but I really enjoyed my commute the way it was.

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    Railroad Police? Are they like the Central Park Rangers in that movie Elf?


    I'm about to either have a super-fast tailwind-infused ride home, or a brutal headwind...it's been shifty all day. We'll see...
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    Interesting on the RR police.

    There is a canal trail here in the Phoenix area that is paved and actually quite nice but suddenly it is just split at some tracks with no easy crossing access. I have carried my bike up and over the 5 foot tall pile of rocks/track to continue on the trail but I wonder if I am not supposed to do that...

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    You may have avoided the Canal Police, but the Railroad Police aren't so easily fooled. Be careful out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom93R1
    There is a canal trail here in the Phoenix area that is paved and actually quite nice but suddenly it is just split at some tracks with no easy crossing access. I have carried my bike up and over the 5 foot tall pile of rocks/track to continue on the trail but I wonder if I am not supposed to do that...
    It is probably illegal, but who cares? I'd keep crossing until caught.

    The railroad dude even turned his flashing lights on when he stopped me. Ha! He gave me a talk about liability and safety. I felt like telling him that it was either "chancing" a close call with a train/flying debris or getting run down by crazy drivers going over the speed limit. I'm on a bike for crying out loud. I know the risk (even though it's far less dangerous than flying down singletrack).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Awesome pic! We had a double fatty rainbow not too long ago that I got a pretty decent picture of. Does anyone know why in a double rainbow, the order of colors is reversed in the second rainbow? Serious question, I don't know... something to do with the way refraction of light works? Or is it a reflection of the first rainbow? Something to do with leprechauns?
    I'll see what I can dig up on it. BUT... each successive one is fainter, the triple was just discernable. Sounds like reflection to me.

    Read further now. Yep. Now I wonder if the Beatle's were playing on words with 'Alexander's Ragtime Band'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom93R1
    There is a canal trail here in the Phoenix area that is paved and actually quite nice but suddenly it is just split at some tracks with no easy crossing access. I have carried my bike up and over the 5 foot tall pile of rocks/track to continue on the trail but I wonder if I am not supposed to do that...
    My "not a lawyer" test for that kind of situation has only two questions:
    1. Is it marked with signs, fenced or in some other way obviously private?
    2. Is there something very wrong with riding there (easilly damaged, looks dangerous)?
    If neither of those apply, I say go for it until you hear otherwise. Rock piles and such might just as well mean "no MVs". My views, anyway.

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    ....... where at?
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    It is probably illegal, but who cares? ... I know the risk (even though it's far less dangerous than flying down singletrack).
    Blame it on the lawyers. There is a street which has a crossing that is railroad owned in Ottawa Canada. Once a year they close the crossing to maintain the freedom from a right of way establishment. So you have to assert your ownership or a right of way is established, next thing, they'd be forced to put in a crossing.

    A nice short video of MTB technical riding might be nice to have on your cell phone and/or some video of cycling in traffic.

    I had to speak to people who wanted to cut across my lawn when I lived in Ohio. I also did not see the logic of avoiding the sidewalk (a really nice wide one) to play tennis. They wanted exercise, yes?

    "So, you're going to play tennis?"

    "Yes."

    "Good exercise?"

    "Great!"

    "I'd have thought using the sidewalk would be good for exercise, too."

    "Point taken."

    So I can see the railroad's point of view. Doesn't mean I like it. Maybe the cop enforces it one day a year.

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    Yeah, RR right of way can be a serious inconvenience- they seem to be very loooong stretches of land. Around these parts, we have a group trying to piece together a recreational trail to follow the Truckee River about 40 miles from Lake Tahoe to Reno, then another 60 or so miles to Pyramid Lake, where the Truckee River ends. The two major holdups are the canyons on either side of Reno, which both already have roads, but the owners are concerned about liability and are reluctant to play ball. One of the big players involved is the UP Railroad, the other is a utility company- both need access for maintenance, hence the existing CLOSED roads. No telling if the trail will ever come through- it sure would be sweet, especially the Tahoe end. As is, to ride the ~40 miles from Reno to North Tahoe, your choices are either ride the freeway (legal in this instance, but discouraged and not for the meek), ride South for 20 miles, then a 3500 ft climb on a busy narrow road with little or no shoulder, or ride miles of unmarked dirt roads to skip the freeway part, then finish up on decent highway. The dirt option is doable, but not for many. If it were legal to ride the UP`s maintenance road, it would be a relatively simple one day out and back from Reno to Tahoe within the range of most recreational cyclists.

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    I say build some ramps and jump the RR tracks, that way you won't actually be trespassing if your wheels don't touch their right-of-way.

    Today was my first day back on the Nashbar X after spending 3 1/2 weeks out of town for work. Man I missed riding. I was in Montana, Idaho and Washington....all great places to MTB but I was so busy working that I couldn't even ride. There is something so wrong about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydrogeek
    I say build some ramps and jump the RR tracks, that way you won't actually be trespassing if your wheels don't touch their right-of-way.
    That thought has crossed my imagination (so has the bug on the windshield effect).

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    how fast and how close do you have to pass someone, block after block, before they stop shoaling?
    shoot me a dirty look every time you trundle past while I'm in line at the lights all you want.
    i'm not blazing past you because I'm racing you, I'm blazing past you because you keep shoaling in front of me at every light.
    otherwise you'd only see me once.
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    ^^ Another thing I'm thankful that I don't have to deal with.

    COLD again this morning. I was underdressed again... The sprinklers that I rode past were leaving icecicles on trees and making big white frozen circles on the ground. The numb arms are probably worth not having to pack a jacket home in the backpack.
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    ^^ Brrrrrr, that is cold for May.

    Nuts, that shoaling does sound annoying - hard to believe people dare do it block after block, I would have to crawl under a rock I would be so embarrassed to keep going in front of someone faster than me.

    Picked up my Yakima bike & kayak holders for my factory rack yesterday; I have not opened the boxes yet to see how many pieces there are & if I made the right decision to save $20 by putting them on myself.

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    OK I rode to work and back and racked up over 40 miles on a side trip. The Census data is not compatible with a bike. I have a locking box. I just can't secure the bike and box well enough. Then there's the issue with believing I am with the Bureau (Not THe Bureau, the Bureau), if I have this bike helmet with me.

    So do I count the miles in to work and back as a commute? I want to update my listing with another 'commute' day.

    PS. Decided on the Nitto Randonneur bars, a new Nitto stem, new Aero levers, and I am converting The Duchees to 10 speeds and 700C. After 12 miles of errand and 'commute' I rode a 25 mile circuit with glancing headwinds and some glancing tail winds but never good for the top three ratios at 16.9 mph. Down 1 mph or so from last fall's best.

    PPS. Stopped at the Ford dealer to pay the repair bill on car. Was asked if I needed an oil change, said no but the AC was acting up, the fan motor seemed to slow a lot on the hills. He also said he saw me riding and I was preety fast. Does a 58 year old's heart a lot of good, that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc
    Then there's the issue with believing I am with the Bureau (Not THe Bureau, the Bureau), if I have this bike helmet with me.
    You're not wearing a short sleeve white dress shirt and tie, are you?
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