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    How was your commute today?

    Well how was it?

    Mine was good... hadn't been able to ride at all for the 10 days leading up to today, so it was a bit harder to get into the groove.

    Forgot my battery pack for my big light, so I had to ride the last 5 miles on pothole ridden bikelanes with a little flasher.

    Got honked at when I was as far right as I could be without getting doored.

    All in all, it was a good commute... I ride alongside two different freeways (on a bike path) and get to see the traffic backed up for miles... People feverishly trying to type out their morning emails on their blackberry or looking ragged from sitting in traffic. Then I break away from the bike path and the traffic, and it all looks like a rat race in my rearview mirror.

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    morning was good but not memorable. i had several (three) unscheduled meetings after work so by the time i got off it was dark and i too had forgotten my light. luckily, a fellow commuter had driven to work and offered me a ride. i ain't lazy, but sometimes its nice to sit back and let others do the work!

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    Morning ride in was beautiful weather, nice enough that I didn't care about being 10 minutes late, night ride I was pretty worn out, but still nice, only thing memorable was my chain dropped when I backpedaled to trackstand at a stop light, so I had to get off to put it back on. I hate putting a foot down on my ride, 9 out of 10 times I don't have to.

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    Pretty normal: the weather was dry which makes all the difference to me. This time of the year good weather means just slightly below the freezing point. No snow yet, so I am still running the fat slicks.

    It is not really dark yet, during my commuting times. Just enough that I want to have some lights to ensure I am seen. The streets that I take are so quiet that drivers have lots of room to go around me.

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    I'm still basking in the glory of the time change. Actual sunlight in the morning is awesome...takes the chill off. Upper 20's this morning. Crispy fall weather. I've been fighting the flu, so i blew snot rockets for 6 miles. Saw the usual dozen or so deer on the way... didn't do the iPod today, just took in the stillness. Good ride.
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    30 degrees, no wind and I'm also enjoying the time change.

    The light gods were kind this morning and I made good time and felt fast.

    I actually saw 5 riders today which is rare for November, I guess the promise of 60 degree weather is bringing them out.

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    35 degrees and raining...lame weather to commute in. Im glad I am a student and my commute is only about 2 miles round trip, but I guess coming and going twice or 3 times in a day makes up for the short length...

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    Close to 70 degrees this morning for my 10 miles in, love this time of year!

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    nice this morning about 65 here in Hilo had somthing wierd going on with my rear tire it was picking up all the little rocks and pebbles and flinging them at my seat tube (I modded my rear fender) like it was brand new....(the tire) but it isin't in fact it has a few thousand miles on it...
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    Pretty "special" today.

    5 degrees c , in a storm. Sleet on the way home. I had to walk up the steepest hill because of the wind blowing in from the sea. I just couldn`t pedal fast enough to stay upright!

    Fist time I`ve endured that in 3 years.....
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    Mine was delightful. It was sunny this morning and about 40-45 F. I even stopped to take this picture of my bike with the intent of posting about how awesome my commute was this morning. I love Oregon. Oh yeah that's a bike path that goes through the old covered bridge.
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    when I saw that bridge I knew it must be Oregon, best place on earth! Where bouts you live?

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    Fun, but fairly uneventful as always. Except there seemed to be an unusually high number of people pulling out in front of me. One section of bike lane was littered with chunks of asphalt that weren't there yesterday morning, but they made for an interesting skills session. Weather was a bit warm and sunny and the sky was clear. Earlier this week, I discovered a hidden section of dirt road, right smack in the middle of my town and going in the direction of my commute so I've been looking forward to hitting that every morning. Ride report and photos coming once I get them formatted and uploaded.
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    Rode the mtn bike today for the heck of it. Kona Dawg, full susp. A bit slower, but a nice change every once in a while.
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    Oregon was especially nice for the commute yesterday...

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    Nice sunny day, 45 low wind, they took the bike rack in at work getting ready for the snow so parking is going to get a bit challenging. I guess they need to give me a bigger office so I can have indoor parking

    Oh ya, +1 for Oregon, first 23 years of my life there, miss it like crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    when I saw that bridge I knew it must be Oregon, best place on earth! Where bouts you live?
    I live in Philomath. I'm a research assistant at OSU so I commute to Corvallis. We have two pretty sweet bike paths that connect the two towns.

    The ride in this morning was nice but not sunny. There's some serious rain moving into the valley from the ocean today with wind gusts up to 40 mph. I'll be riding west when I go home tonight so that should makes things interesting. Oh well, that's why I've got an Oregon suit
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    Not so great; I've been driving to campus since Tuesday. I have a cold I am really hating this especially since the weather is amazing this week (highs in the 80s). I'm hoping I feel good enough to ride tomorrow.

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    Mine was completely effin' horrible. Biking to/from work is 25 miles each way and takes around 1:35. Driving is only 15 miles. I haven't been riding the past week because I have been recovering from a nasty cold/flu. Tonight the 15 mile commute took 1:50. Yes, you read that right: to drive 15 miles took 1 hour 50 minutes. The good news is that this will be extra motivation on the mornings when I need a little extra push to convince myself to bike to work instead of driving.

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    commuting with remnants of swine flu

    My commute is about 8 miles each way.

    I'm now at day 12 since swine flu infection and still have lingering cough. Around day 5, when fever went away, I resumed bike commute. Co-workers of course think I'm crazy for biking in when 'sick'.

    I'm taking it easy tho-- sometimes putting the bike on the bus etc. so I don't think I'm prolonging my illness or overdoing it.

    think this SF just takes a while to fully go away.

    Anyway, I bought a couple of the MS lights which are talked about extensively on the 'lights' and night riding forum.

    This light makes the night time commute sooooo much fun!
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    A lit-le breazy...but jolly good in the end, mate.

    Actually, the ride in sucked -- I was late, had to take the short, direct route, but going home, I bucked the wind and had a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rshughes
    Mine was completely effin' horrible. Biking to/from work is 25 miles each way and takes around 1:35. Driving is only 15 miles. I haven't been riding the past week because I have been recovering from a nasty cold/flu. Tonight the 15 mile commute took 1:50. Yes, you read that right: to drive 15 miles took 1 hour 50 minutes. The good news is that this will be extra motivation on the mornings when I need a little extra push to convince myself to bike to work instead of driving.
    Yuck! I used to have to drive 20 minutes each way and I got sick of that after a few years. I can`t fathom how people deal with hour-plus commutes by any method of transportation. Also, I seriously doubt I could ride 50 miles per day round trip on a continuing basis- aside from the fact that each of those 25 milers would take me well over that hour!
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    12 hour shift
    ended at 8
    rode 9 miles
    at 11 mph
    raining .31 in/hr
    with 110 lumens
    100% fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    12 hour shift
    ended at 8
    rode 9 miles
    at 11 mph
    raining .31 in/hr
    with 110 lumens
    100% fun!
    I love riding in heavy rain as long as it's over 50* under that and it starts to suck a little bit

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    ride in this am i got a flat in my rear tire. changed it out and enjoyed the tail wind the rest of the ride!
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    Wind warning in effect I got 5 k into the teeth of 60 to 90 km/h wind, for the ride home.

    Probably faster due to the funnel effect in the river valley.

    Ouch they just added a light rainshower, to the forecast.

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    40% chance of precipitation today. None coming in, we'll see what happens on the way home?

    I'd been off the bike for a couple of weeks due to me recovering from some surgery related to this incident, so I'd been walking to work. This week I started biking again in earnest, and as always happens after a lapse in being on the bike I've really been pushing myself hard to make up for lost fitness opportunities. I'm a bit sore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcc1234

    I'm now at day 12 since swine flu infection and still have lingering cough. Around day 5, when fever went away, I resumed bike commute. Co-workers of course think I'm crazy for biking in when 'sick'.

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    think this SF just takes a while to fully go away.

    That about sums it up for me also. I think the commute helps, since I'm hacking up goo and blowing snot rockets all the way to work and back. I'm down to an annoying cough and congestion at this point.

    Today it was raining, but not too bad. Sun came up and shot an orange glow on the ceiling of clouds...wicked rainbow over the valley with a dark black/blue cloud background. Came around a corner and there was a big 'ol buck on the shoulder of the road... he picked his head up and posed in the sunlight with the rainbow behind him. Pretty cool moment.
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    today's commute was _awesome_! SEPTA, the local public trans. authority, is in day 4 of a strike, so there was more car traffic than usual. blew by a ton of cars backed up at stoplights. weather was high 30s and clear, with a nice stiff headwind that had me gasping and wishing i'd trained harder this season. that wind has held all day, so the ride home is gonna be hellafast. maybe i'll take the long way.

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    Ran over a wood screw

    which ruined the casing of my tire. Caught the bus/walked home. Replaced tire already for tomorrow.

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    Dang, Gary- you`re just now getting back on the bike? I bet you were really chomping at the bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Today it was raining, but not too bad. Sun came up and shot an orange glow on the ceiling of clouds...wicked rainbow over the valley with a dark black/blue cloud background. Came around a corner and there was a big 'ol buck on the shoulder of the road... he picked his head up and posed in the sunlight with the rainbow behind him. Pretty cool moment.
    Sounds killer! If you`d had a camera, it could have made for a Fux moment! Then again, a lot of times I think we`re better off just enjoying things like that as opposed to trying to grab it with the camera and missing the experience in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Dang, Gary- you`re just now getting back on the bike? I bet you were really chomping at the bit.
    Well I've been on the bike since the incident in July, it's just that from the procedure (mid-October) until last week I had to stay off. Only about two weeks! I did a lot of walking and hiking to try and stay in shape a little. Though any time I saw someone fly by on a bike I would silently curse them (j/k).
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    Yeehaw! Gale force tail winds!

    My avg work to home trip runs around 13 to 14 minutes. I`ve done it in 12 a few times, but that`s really busting my butt. Today was 9:32, spinnin and grinnin the whole way. After I got my speed up, I only dropped out of the big ring once for a car backing out of a driveway and once for a stop sign. I watched my speed fluctuate between 24 and 28 for close to a mile and gave it hell on the best downhill in order to to spin it up to the 40 mark!

    Now I just hope they die down before I have to pedal back into it this afternoon
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    scary considering i got out of a dui(or wet and reckless whatever its called when your on a bike) not even a block away from my origin.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.
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    IT FUGGING SUCKED!!!
    commute home last night was bad too!
    took the bus, had crazy people who're enamored with the sound of their own voice freely voicing their opinions the entire damn time... racist cracker pseudo-gangster speak. ooooh joy!

    (been down with the flu, cold n wet riding would've made it worse)

    back on two wheels as of monday though, nothing like a couple rush-hour bus rides to remind you how much riding into work is worth to you!
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    rocked, three minutes to the trailhead and then a gentle little single track ride before busting a lung up to the pump track and a downhill home

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    31* on the way in 55* on the way home. So.......sweeeet
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    don't freak out the deer

    Hope I won't get slammed for cross-posting, but my commute earlier this week was quite memorable, but not necessarily in a good way. Wrote about it in the Lights forum.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...32870#poststop

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcc1234
    Hope I won't get slammed for cross-posting, but my commute earlier this week was quite memorable, but not necessarily in a good way. Wrote about it in the Lights forum.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...32870#poststop
    When deer freak, they freak hard. They fall into a blind panic and just bolt, even if it's headlong into danger. I was driving home from work years ago when I had a doe in the middle of the street run straight at the car, head on! She turned away at the last minute.
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    About 37F this morning; legs weren't there, took the short way in and had a HOT breakfast. Coming home tonight, took the scenic route, had a good time! About 50F @ sunset, next to no traffic in the few areas I have to deal w/ it.

    Actually looking forward to the times when I'm riding in the Dark dark, not just the dim; new light on the front of the bike, curious how it will do while rolling! Nice round glow in the garage, but that's not much of an indicator.
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    Cold (mid 30's) and a little slower than I would have liked.

    The 1.8 mile ride took 7:08 min.

    51 seconds stopped at lights and signs.

    Top speed of 34.5mph and average speed of 15.1mph.

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    Fair-weather commuter here from south Louisiana, temps were nice this morning at 57°, dry but humidity was up (hard to notice when the temp is cool). Forgive me for not commenting on the whole memorable or not, since I tend to ride with no goal in mind. I would say a memorable ride would lean more towards the bad (i.e. someone cut me off, I got a flat, etc.) So with that said, this morning was uneventful but I couldn’t have asked for better. I crossed another cyclist deep at the bottom of the tunnel walkway (I go under a waterway to get to work instead of the traffic-ridden bridges) which caused me to stand up and crank on the 48-16 single-speed ratio. Have to admit I usually love to fly through the tunnel but the extra effort was welcomed today. It also seemed there weren’t as many motorist on the streets since many are on vacation this week, which made the solitude even sweeter.

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    No good

    My second Sigma computer went crazy this morning (In less than a year):

    The first one (SIGMA BC906 9-Function Topline Wired) stop working properly the very same day I bought the Second One, yeah...what are the odds?....so I didn't care too much...contacted Sigma, they gave me a RA#, I sent them the computer...and almost 2 months later I'm still waiting.

    The second one (SIGMA BC1606L CADENCE DTS Double Wireless) start to reset by itself on and off the bike this morning....I contacted amazon this time...they already send me a new one...they always treat me right..I'm happy for that... but I don't know for how long I will be using Sigma.

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    It seems unseasonably cold here in the Bay Area. The lows are supposedly in the lower 60s but it feels much colder than that. Must be the moist air. Lately when I've been riding to work my ears start to ache from the cold. Sometimes my lungs hurt too from huffing in cold air. This morning I actually had to break out the winter gloves. They aren't cycling gloves, but they're warm and get the job done. The upside to the cold weather is I can scorch through the park on the way to work without having to dodge people. The down side is it means more people in cars. -_-;
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    28* and breezy this morning... had to put on an extra layer... nice ride, took the scenic route 12.5mi. 46min. Feeling a bit slower when it's cool out, lots of fresh air though

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    not today but...

    someone else's comment reminded me of this, figured I'd share.
    was sprinting into work, converted mtb commuter, single speed, fenders, nothing flash just kind of useful.

    this guy zips up on his performance hybrid and stares me down.
    when I'm at the lights he's really looking my bike over.
    so the light goes green, I do my thing and pedal off.
    several lights later he pulls up and he's angry, he says "what're you running?"
    so I give him my gear ratio
    "no I mean what kind of bike is that"?
    soul cycles hooligan, it's a mountain bike.
    "what're you... I mean your bike's not better than mine, it's not even a road bike, your tires and your gear ratio sucks, how're you faster than me?"

    I carefully considered my words; Maybe I'm just stronger than you.
    Indignancy and vitriol followed (expectedly)

    But I left thinking that he didn't really give me any other option.
    He poked fun of the bike, the gear ratio, and the tires.
    I felt like saying, sorry, but you kind of left me with nothing to comment on but the rider.
    If my bike/rider assembly is smoking your bike/rider assembly and as you so grumpily pointed out the bike part of my assembly sucks, then...

    lord knows I wasn't exactly burning the ttires that day.
    just wondered if he spewed angry at other riders as well, or maybe if I somehow pushed his buttons by wearing baggy clothes or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    someone else's comment reminded me of this, figured I'd share.
    was sprinting into work, converted mtb commuter, single speed, fenders, nothing flash just kind of useful.

    this guy zips up on his performance hybrid and stares me down.
    when I'm at the lights he's really looking my bike over.
    so the light goes green, I do my thing and pedal off.
    several lights later he pulls up and he's angry, he says "what're you running?"
    so I give him my gear ratio
    "no I mean what kind of bike is that"?
    soul cycles hooligan, it's a mountain bike.
    "what're you... I mean your bike's not better than mine, it's not even a road bike, your tires and your gear ratio sucks, how're you faster than me?"

    I carefully considered my words; Maybe I'm just stronger than you.
    Indignancy and vitriol followed (expectedly)

    But I left thinking that he didn't really give me any other option.
    He poked fun of the bike, the gear ratio, and the tires.
    I felt like saying, sorry, but you kind of left me with nothing to comment on but the rider.
    If my bike/rider assembly is smoking your bike/rider assembly and as you so grumpily pointed out the bike part of my assembly sucks, then...

    lord knows I wasn't exactly burning the ttires that day.
    just wondered if he spewed angry at other riders as well, or maybe if I somehow pushed his buttons by wearing baggy clothes or something?
    That’s awesome!! Laughed out loud when I read that. I ride a converted MTB/Commuter with some low nobbys. I’ve passed a few rodies (nothing against rodies) and usually don’t get a hi back when I’m passing in my baggy commuting clothes.

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    Fortunate to have good friends

    So this morning’s commute didn’t quite go as smoothly as I had hoped. I was about 20 minutes into my 1 hour 40 minute ride when I heard the phhhht, phhhht , phhht sound of air coming out of my rear tire. Since I am running tubeless tires I tried to get the Stan's to fill the hole. Unfortunately I hadn't added any Stan's in probably 3 months and so this didn’t appear to be working, and because I didn’t want to waste any more time, I decided just to yank off the tire, install a tube, and be on my way.

    I pulled the wheel off and removed the tire and that is when it struck me – I took my tool pouch off of my bike yesterday because a friend had wanted to ride my bike off-road (the pouch primarily holds tubes and other odds and ends I might need while commuting and I don't usually bring it when mtn biking) - I didn’t put it back on this morning. I was sitting there with my tire off and no tube available to put in. Oh sh!t!

    I was only about 4 miles away from a friend's house and since it was almost 7 AM I gave him a call. It took him about 25 minutes to get there and he brought me a couple of tubes and helped me get on the way. Obviously, a 40 minute delay in my commute put me way behind schedule – because I was running so late, I was cranking extra hard so now my legs are spent.

    Given that it is now raining outside and 50 degrees, it is shaping up to be a long, cold, wet, tiring ride home. That being said, it will still be better than being stuck in traffic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    When deer freak, they freak hard. They fall into a blind panic and just bolt, even if it's headlong into danger.

    I left my garage door open one time and when I got home I trapped a doe in the garage with the front end of the Jeep. She was in there eating trash and just hanging out. We both froze, made eye contact for a second, and then she started trying to hit her head on the rafters and put her feet through everything, whether it was a steel post or not... I slammed it into reverse and got out just before she started heading for daylight (through the windshield), and luckily she didn't damage the Jeep. Can't say the same for the drywall.


    I haven't had any issues shining lights on them from the bike though. I see deer literally every day on my commute, almost always more than 6 or 7. I have come close enough to hitting them on the bike that I could smell their breath (if it had been a buck I'd be missing an eye) but I have never had one panic from getting blasted with the headlamp. I have certainly seen them panic though. It goes beyond all reason. They completely lose their mind.
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    Jeez, I'm glad I don't have to worry about deer on my commute! Those things are totally brainless.

    The ride in today was perfect. There was a snap in the air and frost on the ground. I felt the frozen leaves crunch under my tires. Saw the morning sun shining on downtown across Lake Union. Spotted a beaver in the marshy Montlake side of Lake Washington. Why didn't I start bike commuting years ago?
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    ^^ I'd still rather deal with deer than people. Perfectly happy with my few close encounters with deer compared to riding in the city.
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    riding on a 100% asphalt environment is way too far from being nice...the only animals I can see are dogs barking from homes when I pass by...cats and rats....the other day I saw a dead rat and believe me that thing was huge! easily as big as a cat!

    couldn't commute today...I went to Mexico D.F on Monday and returned to MTY yesterday...enough time to catch a killer flu
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    Mine was great, went outside started the car up got ready and had a nice heated ride to school at 50mph. It was real nice. Oh, you meant on the bike.
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    Mine was great, went outside started the car up got ready and left then i had a nice heated ride to school at 50mph. It was real nice. Oh, you meant on the bike.
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    Fast.

    I woke up 30 minutes late for work.

    I averaged 18mph on the 1.9mile commute half asleep.

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    15 degrees and blowing snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshed
    Fast.

    I woke up 30 minutes late for work.

    I averaged 18mph on the 1.9mile commute half asleep.

    ^^ Not bad considering you're still in knee-hab.



    Mine was cold, but mellow. Finally broke out the PI Lobster gloves for some toasty fingers in the sub-20's we've been having. Packing them home in the backpack sucks, but it's better than sweaty hot hands.
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    Tested out my brand new Bontrager booties. Rode home during a Tornado Watch, 40mph wind gusts and torrential downpour. I could barely focus(literally) with my contact lenses going in and out. My 5-mile ride from work felt like an eternity looking down at my maximum speed of 13mph. Haha! I'll ride year-round like this, long before I ride in snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A girl from Seattle
    Jeez, I'm glad I don't have to worry about deer on my commute! Those things are totally brainless.
    ???
    Are you sure you aren`t talking about the pedestrians we were just "dissing" in another thread?

    Anyway, I guess we all sort of adapt to our environments- for me, traffic and rain = major bummer. Snow, wind, coyotes and bunnies are part of life. Sure wish I had deer on my commute!
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    On third day of not riding due to a foot injury. I feel like a slug . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    On third day of not riding due to a foot injury. I feel like a slug . . .
    Heal up quick man.

    My commute was even faster than yesterday. I wasn't late today, just decided to push a little harder and I got lucky and only hit 1 light the whole way.

    Average speed: 20.2mph (on my 48/16 single speed road bike)

    Also doing my first mtb ride this weekend. I am going to keep it to a mellow xc ride. I cannot wait to be able to ride my big bike again.

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    Dang, Joshed! You`re healing up fast- that`s great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Dang, Joshed! You`re healing up fast- that`s great.
    Thanks! =]

    I am really trying to get my fitness back up for a good 2010 dh race season. Really hoping to get more top 10's in the pro/semi-pro classes.

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    This morning was the first time this fall that I have had to break out the colder weather gear and put away the shorts (it was about 35F). As I was gearing up, I turned on my lights which illuminated my car which was covered with a nice layer of frost and all that I could think was, "In 5 minutes those heated leather seats could be toasty warm."

    My discipline prevailed and I had a great ride in - and even shaved 4 minutes off of Monday's time.

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    ^^ Nice work. Heated leather is very tempting.

    18* this morning when I left the house. I had a snot rocket completely backfire in the chamber this morning. The 'clava, jacket shoulder, and backpack strap all got hosed. It was pretty intense.
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    I hear you about the heated leather seats! Good job to us all for riding anyway. It was really really cold today for me too, I had to wear 2 merino wool undershirts, long underwear, toe covers and Goretex gloves to stay warm. Kinda shivery now that I'm sitting at my desk at work. It's worth it though!
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    This morning's ride was much slower than the rest of the week. My legs got worked at physical therapy yesterday.

    Average speed: 16.1mph

    Time to switch to my winter gloves. My hands this morning were freezing!

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    RE: snot rockets- wife complains that I used to get her in the face, seems the slipstream effect kept them at least mid-air long enough for her to ride through them.
    want domestic harmony? learn to shoot 'em down, not back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Heated leather is very tempting.
    Sounds like a Judas Priest song.
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    26 and sunny this morning in Portland. I could have used gloves with fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    RE: snot rockets- wife complains that I used to get her in the face, seems the slipstream effect kept them at least mid-air long enough for her to ride through them.
    want domestic harmony? learn to shoot 'em down, not back.
    I`ll have to keep that one in mind! I already learned the hard way that stokers don`t appreciate a good fart from the captain.

    It got COLD here yesterday morning! Around 3 AM I walked outside from one part of the plant to the other and it wasn`t too bad. But by 7:00, when I got off, I bet it had dropped into single digits. Since it was fairly warm when I left for work, I didn`t bring heavy enough jacket and gloves and had an unpleasant ride to say the least. It was warm when I left this afternoon too, but this time I brought plenty of extras for the ride home.
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    Commute? Hah it's Saturday here in Guam, no work today. Good thing too it was a bit chilly this morning at 78.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    I had a snot rocket completely backfire in the chamber this morning. The 'clava, jacket shoulder, and backpack strap all got hosed. It was pretty intense.
    That is probably the funniest thing that I have read on MTBR in a really long time. Hopefully there wasn't too much collateral damage!

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    Saturday is often a work day for me, so here I am. Chilly this morning, my jaw started to hurt. I might need to start wearing a scarf, it's really cold these days. Otherwise, almost no one on the road this morning. Lovely.

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    I already learned the hard way that stokers don`t appreciate a good fart from the captain.
    What are you talking about? Everyone appreciates a good fart (or at least they should)!
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    I'm still fortunate enough to not have to work more than five days a week, but my job is salary and I spend any where from 9 to 12 hours a day at work. The lonely road are the best. I find that the empty roads are the only time I can have a really good conversation with myself with out scaring others.
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    It was 22 degrees this morning but sunny. My commute in was beautiful! Here are a coupla pics. I was afraid it would be icy, but it wasn't. You guys are right, I DO have NO excuse not to bike commute!
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    Nice pics, Seattle! It does look beautiful!
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    Great pics. That's gorgeous!
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    great!! the ice was crazy, my wife got fof and walked a section of the rail trail as it was pure ice and slick and she was hauling our son today, and I skidded across the entire 12 foot width of the trail.

    so we got the heck OFF the damn trail and rode the rest of it on busier but un-iced roads!!
    but man did it ever feel good to be back on the bike, completely ignoring my usual rule of no riding for 2 weeks after snow.

    rode the great pumpkin too, first time in it's current guise, brakes squeal like mad, needs work, but fun!
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    WINDY and 25 degrees or so! Fenders are acting like sails and slowing me down. Have to change my gearing, far too high when my legs don't really have a chance to warm up during my 6 mile commute.

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    It was beautiful this morning - 38 degrees and overcast, no wind. It was the first morning this week above 30-31 degrees and it felt great! (I don't do well in the cold - no insulation ). It's supposed to rain all weekend, but the storm should be gone by Monday. We really, really need the rain here though...

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    Negative temps after a day of above freezing, after a day of 12 inches of fresh on top of packed base layer... gigantic frozen slush globs everywhere, lumpy ice and packed snow, freezing fog warning, 1/4 mile visibility, 4x4 required to get out of the driveway.... driving day number 5 for this year.
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    Finished building the Big Dummy and took it on it's maiden commute today! Slipped on the morning ice and got drenched in the evening rain but it was the most fun I've had commuting in a long, long time! Here's a picture of me and my daughter test riding it yesterday afternoon:
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    Cool! I didn`t know you were working on a dummy- more pixels!
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    This bike is some serious fun! Here's a few I took this weekend during the build:
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    The ride home yesterday was fun. It snowed 3" while I was at work. The guys at work were all out scraping their windows when I rolled out on my bike. It's a wierd feeling fish tailing on a bike but I found out if you keep your speed up you can get through most of the slosh.

    This morning was 9* or -11* if wind chill counts. Head winds are a bit demorlizing, but cold head winds are even worse, dying to get 14mph this morning. I had some killer icecycles in the beard though

    My wife told me that for the first time she is impressed after I rode yesterday. She went to her spin class and some chick is talking about how she saw some crazy guy riding in the snow and my wife was like, that was my husband. They were like, wow I need to get out and ride. Didn't see anyone this morning on the way to work though.

    P.S. I don't think I'm hard core.. I just like riding my bike

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    Trying to figure out what to wear...
    Both ways, temps were around -15 Celsius (5F). No significant wind, except for what I was making myself. Only a thin layer of snow on the ground. Just enough to make the world look more bright.

    My torso was a bit hot but the legs were a bit cold. Toes and fingers were bearable. I'll try a slightly different combination of clothes tomorrow.

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    A jacket with zippered vents is a major help in those situations.

    On the legs at 5* F, I wear shorts/leg warmers underneath windproof/waterproof pants. Cutting the wind is the critical thing. I'll do insulated tights (Sugoi Sub-Zero) under windproof/waterproof pants sometimes also. That is a slightly warmer combo. .
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    I try to do a combination that I can use with my regular clothes. The commute usually takes less than half an hour. Most likely, I'll try a windproof top layer for the legs and one layer less for the top.

    I don't consider -15 Celsius horribly cold but I think my body is still in shock because temps dropped pretty suddenly. Some military studies indicate that it takes about a week before you are fully functional after a big change in temperatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBrown
    The ride home yesterday was fun. It snowed 3" while I was at work. The guys at work were all out scraping their windows when I rolled out on my bike. It's a wierd feeling fish tailing on a bike but I found out if you keep your speed up you can get through most of the slosh.

    My wife told me that for the first time she is impressed after I rode yesterday.
    Most of last winter I was off the bike with a knee injury and scraping the windows was the worst part of not riding! I HATE scraping windows! All I could think about while I was warming up the truck and chipping that crap off the windshield was that if I were on my bike I could be halfway home before I ever got my truck out of the parking lot! And with three inches of new snow I`d also be thinking about how much fun I was missing out on.

    Your wife is impressed? That`s good. Mine showed up at work a few times durring my first winter trying to give me a ride. She kept saying "...but it looks like it might snow", then "...but it`s starting to snow", and then "...but there`s too much snow". Finally she figured it out and just started to leave me alone. I still get offers for rides (not from her anymore) sometimes and people just can`t get it through their heads that somebody might prefer to ride. no mattert what he weather is doing.

    Sizzler, I hate to hijack this thread with more on your Dummy, so (XT thumbies?) are you going to post a thread on that puppy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    This bike is some serious fun! Here's a few I took this weekend during the build:
    I like the picture w/o the rack installed. Looks like a drag bike! Also, the support tubing around the rear wheel looks cool.
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    I don't think I can live where many of you do that's got to hit subfreezing temperatures. Much props to all the hardcore commuters that don't stop them from getting to wherever they need to go.

    84 degrees this afternoon on the way home from work. I'm transitioning my bike back to stock, and after going back to the stock pedals, I can't wait to get the Eggbeaters back on the new bike. I almost felt unsafe kicking hard to get over in the turn lanes from the bike lane.

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    84 degrees in december! That's madness. Yesterday I dug a path to the woodshed, and then grabbed the metal handle of the wheelbarrow... oops. Almost had to bring the thing inside to get un-stuck. Note to self: wear GLOVES below zero. GLOVES.
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    Crap, I totally forgot to mention(your gloves story reminded me), but I hit 1,000 miles this morning! I've had it since mid-April, and my goals were to hit 1,000 miles before the end of the year. So to also commemorate the liter mark, I bought new gloves(and a Fantom 29Pro SL).

    Oh, tomorrow a cold front is supposed to roll through, and the high is 63 degrees. I'll still be in shorts.

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    Congrats on the 1K. What`s that Fantom 29Pro? New bike?
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    had My first flat in a long time!

    fresh corona bottle on the bike lane and I steered through the cleanest part but picked up a large chunk of glass....... I hate people that throw bottles out the car window! I have so many tubes to patch I need a new patch kit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Congrats on the 1K. What`s that Fantom 29Pro? New bike?
    My goal was to reach 1,000 miles by year's end on my Motobecane 400HT from the time I bought it in mid-April. Well, I did it yesterday so prematurely, I was going to reward myself by going up to a Fantom 29Pro SL. I bought it last Friday and took it apart. I hated the Delorean brushed aluminum color, so I took the frame to get custom painted to match our sport's cars(we show and I race mine). So for the past week, I've put the current commuter (400HT) back to stock. Going back to stock pedals suck after riding on eggbeaters for the last 6 months!

    So yesterday, it was 84 degrees. A nor'easter plowed through north Florida today, and my 4 mile ride home felt like eternity with all the headwind keeping me below 16mph. It was 63 degrees and 10-15mph wind. At least it wasn't a hurricane! Friday is calling for 80% chance of rain! I'm ready!

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    We have been having 'freezing fog' conditions the last few days. It's been patchy and not too thick, so no big deal. Today's experience was a bit different...

    Currently I have to ride on about a mile of snow packed dirt road before I get to frozen mud dirt road (which is the best traction in the world), before I get to pavement. The pavement has been a little slippery due to the freezing fog leaving a thin layer of ice behind. I could see pretty good today on the whole dirt road section, but about the time I got to pavement, it looked like my headlight was shining into a white wall. I could see the red flash of my superflash taillight in my pheripheral vision, becuase it was bouncing off of the fog behind me. Absolutely the thickest fog I have ever seen. It was all I could do to see the white line in front of me. I angled my headlight down and tried to focus on that white line.

    Then it got worse. I couldn't believe what I wasn't seeing. It was unreal. That's about the time I realized that my glasses were icing up. Putting them down on my nose, grandpa-style, and peering over the top of them helped, but of course I started crying instantly because it was about 18 degrees out. Fine, I thought. I can deal with tears frozen to my 'clava as long as I can see. The tension of the morning ride is just now melting off... the icy road and lack of vision and frozen eyeballs required so much focus.

    When I got to work I noticed something I've never experienced before. I had a shield of ice build-up on EVERYTHING that was facing forward. I bent my arm when I got off of the bike and it came crumbling off of my jacket like broken glass. I've had ice build-up on my goatee before, but this was crazy. The front edge of my front fender was at least a centimeter longer than normal, because it had an ice extension. The leading edge of my forks/handlebars/frame looked like Han Solo trapped inside the ice block. My shoes were a size bigger. My helmet felt heavy. I bet my bike gained at least a pound.

    Without a doubt, today was the weirdest commute I've ever had.
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    Nice, 32*F today it's amazing how a few days of 0*F makes 32* seem like a heat wave. It's funny every time I ride in colder temps I'm always thinking. Well... if it gets any colder I'll have to drive. It started with sub 40's then 30's then 20's. Now that I've rode a 0 I'm thinking well 15's not so bad. I'm thinking that I wont want to ride in negitive temps, but if I do I'll probaly think that it's not that bad.

    rodar, I'm with you on people not understanding the riding thing. All this week the only thing I've heard is what the F**K is wrong with you?

    Also, I finaly got yelled at for riding in the road. I've been commuting all year and haven't had any major encounters with drivers at all. But I feel like it's one of those cycling rights of passage when two idiots in their rusted geo metro honk and yell "get out of the road". While they are passing me in the completley open lane to my left. Of course there is a foot and a half of snow on the side walk so that is a no go. And of course I yelled back some choice words for them. Not that I really cared as much as I was just excited to be a part of the club.

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    Only Muddywings gets yelled at and told "Get on the road!"
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    My whole day was awesome! (quite long)

    Little intro:
    So, last Sunday I went to a ride and realized the bike really needed some service...when I arrived home spent like 2 hours on it, cleaned it, used my new zep commercial degreaser!..lubed it..check brakes...all the stuff.

    Then the bike was all the week at home...you already know I've been a lazy winter commuter.

    anyways...I was back on the saddle today..

    Morning Commute:
    I woke up early today so I was with 20 min of spare time to kill...morning was cold (not as some of you can have) but as I was pedaling..the ride started to feel just really nice...I was just taking my time you know...just great.

    Day at the office:
    well... I think I haven't tell...I'm a Mech. Engineer and work for a Eng. Consultant Company (50/50 Mex-Ven)...I work with a few equipments but my main job is do/design HVAC systems, which for our clients (Oil&Gas) sometimes is quite complicated.

    Since I was transferred from Vzla to Mex a year ago I have been trying to change how the HVAC systems are handled on the company...basically when it is time to subcontract the job...I won't start giving you lot of details...the thing is...finally I had green light to contact some vendors and ask for a quote under what I think is how this should be done...today I received the bids (last day I gave to them)...I found some little issues but, I think including the comments and all, I'm pretty sure the system will be like 200K under any of the vendors the Procurement Dpt. found....I went to the manager (who is great for letting me do this) and he said: Focus on closing it that way!....YEEY ME!

    The whole thing for me is not only save some money, this way I (the designer) will be having more responsibilities and control on the system design, which I think was been delegated to much on third parties.

    Afternoon Commute:
    I leave the office as happy as I could be..shifting were just as smooth as my Deore RD can give... again I took my time on the road, thinking about how to close the job in one part and on the other the fact that I was bringing a precious load above my bag and I didn't want to ruin it.

    On one part of the ride I shared one sidewalk with a motorcyclist...he was leading...getting rid off the pedestrians on our way...we ride together for the whole block...I turned right at the end and saw him getting in on the next sidewalk

    My day was just awesome!

    PS.1: I pass my 1K miles mark on my way home!

    PS.2: I arrived home and realized I had to take a "Blockbuster" movie back to the store...what did I did?....you know it...ride it there.

    PS.3: My precious load: I'm Venezuelan, with a lot of Vzlan coworkers here...a wife of one the guys is cooking one of our Christmas plates..Pan de Jamon...delicious...basically: Bread stuffed with: Ham, Green olives, raisins and bacon...you know...if it has bacon must be good....well...is good!!

    PS.4: My first encounter with a jerk on the road...half a mile from home...a pick-up pass next to me, really close...and the mo***r f***r yell at me: "AAAHAHHH"...I won't lie...I'm scared for life but the again..is not important...my day was just great!!..it doesn't matter.

    PS.5: I'm going for another slice!!
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    Martin, is your new cold weather gear helping at all, or pretty much the same? Your pan de jamon sounds good. Now I`m getting hungry- save a piece for me! Do you have tamales in Venezuela? Rosca de Reyes?

    I had a pretty nice day too. It was sunny this morning and I hadn`t ridden more than about ten miles in a day for the last few weeks (snow storm aftermath), so I rode into town to pick up a few small items from the LBS and had coffee with my mom and dad while I was in the neighborhood. Got home after a 29mi RT in time for a nice nap before getting up to start my work week. Ride in to work was uneventful and the roads are mostly dry now.
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    @rodar
    I think the gear is doing ok...but then this week it was rainy too and I don't have rain gear yet...I'm going to DC the 23rd to spend holidays there...let's see what is left on my pocket after that...Santa already decide to give me a Nikon D40...so

    we have Hallacas also for Christmas...is like a big tamal which have a lot of work behind it...usually the family get together to make them...the Guiso is a work of art which usually is a responsibility of the Grandmother or the expert Aunt...then everyone help a little to put everything together...last year was a success among our Mexican friends.

    don't know why but Rosca de Reyes is not that common in Vzla...I knew about it when I was here on 2006 in a job.

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    Some of you guys are truly hardcore with the winter riding, but is just my motivation to get out there and ride to work, and everywhere else. I should have no excuse since I'll never see snow.

    But now that most of you have chimed in, would you guys rather commute in 0 degrees or 100 degrees? I get plenty of the 100 degrees in Florida, and I'd still rather ride in the coldest weather (20's here) before riding in 100 degree heat. The humidity in northeast Florida is horrendous and feels like 120 degrees easy.

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    well... here in MTY we can get up to 110°F...I did commute during those days...humidity is not a problem.

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    The choice between zero and 100 here in Nevada would be a tough call for me, but I`d take either of them long before I`d want to ride in a humid hundred. Also, I know that when I get into the SF Bay area the thermometer usually says I should be basking in the warmth, but I find myself freezing my @ss off. And you won`t find me riding anywhere in the rain if I can help it!
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    Yesterday's snow made it Sloppy with studded tires.
    I got more wet from the passing cars than myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    We have been having 'freezing fog' conditions the last few days. It's been patchy and not too thick, so no big deal. Today's experience was a bit different...

    Currently I have to ride on about a mile of snow packed dirt road before I get to frozen mud dirt road (which is the best traction in the world), before I get to pavement. The pavement has been a little slippery due to the freezing fog leaving a thin layer of ice behind. I could see pretty good today on the whole dirt road section, but about the time I got to pavement, it looked like my headlight was shining into a white wall. I could see the red flash of my superflash taillight in my pheripheral vision, becuase it was bouncing off of the fog behind me. Absolutely the thickest fog I have ever seen. It was all I could do to see the white line in front of me. I angled my headlight down and tried to focus on that white line.

    Then it got worse. I couldn't believe what I wasn't seeing. It was unreal. That's about the time I realized that my glasses were icing up. Putting them down on my nose, grandpa-style, and peering over the top of them helped, but of course I started crying instantly because it was about 18 degrees out. Fine, I thought. I can deal with tears frozen to my 'clava as long as I can see. The tension of the morning ride is just now melting off... the icy road and lack of vision and frozen eyeballs required so much focus.

    When I got to work I noticed something I've never experienced before. I had a shield of ice build-up on EVERYTHING that was facing forward. I bent my arm when I got off of the bike and it came crumbling off of my jacket like broken glass. I've had ice build-up on my goatee before, but this was crazy. The front edge of my front fender was at least a centimeter longer than normal, because it had an ice extension. The leading edge of my forks/handlebars/frame looked like Han Solo trapped inside the ice block. My shoes were a size bigger. My helmet felt heavy. I bet my bike gained at least a pound.

    Without a doubt, today was the weirdest commute I've ever had.
    That is insane! Nashbar has these mounts you can attach to your forks for lights, so you can have them low and pointing under the fog like fog lights. May or may not help some.
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    I think this story is hilarious. I was on my usual route to work today and coming up fast on 3 kids on freeride bikes. They were on the sidewalk, parking lane, everywhere but the bike lane. That's fine, makes it easier for me to pass right? Well obviously they weren't paying attention because the one on the sidewalk plowed headlong into a yard waste bin, which naturally went flying out into the street, directly in my path. I was like "SH!T" and quickly swerved around it without looking behind me (stupid move). Fortunately there was no one in the lane. We all had a good chuckle. It was all just too stupid to get mad about.
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    Coming home tonite with 700x40 studded tires and 44x17 fixed. 2" on the ground with 3"-4" drifts . The Virgin snow way on the shoulder was good. The Packed snow was slippery in spots. Ela Road was bumper to bumper from Lake Cook Rd to Cuba. Passing all those cars for 2 miles was awesome. The east wind was Brutal but most of my ride home is North and West.

    I think I could have had a little lower pressure in tires. I had about 40-45. 26 miles today :~)

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    had a bad night, decided late night to try the schwinn-urt out this morning, so tore the pedals off the surly and did some late-night-work.
    woke up to snow on the ground.
    1.25 special'ed fat boy slicks, and a low psi rear shock meant interesting handling, 38x15= good for cruising but not for making up time
    ritchey brake pads on craptacular generic v's= WOW... way better brakes than I thought!! put me into a skid more than once.
    the pads are REALLY sticky but mushy, so when you're tuning it it feels like the lever keeps coming to the bars but on the road the wheels have been locked up LONG before then. curiouser and curiouser.
    silent clutch hub still feels tight(ish) so will keep running it, praying for a new freehub soon.
    between the silent clutch and the fat boys I'm dead silent.
    nothing but the wife's tire buzz and gears shifting to wake me up!
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    Raindrops keep fallin' on my head...

    first commute/ride of the year...I got ready to leave...got out the house and everything was wet but it wasn't raining...as soon I leave my block it was shower rain all the way

    Happy New Year to all the commuters!
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    Back on the bike today after two weeks off for the holidays... first day back is always a challenge in the cold, especially after two weeks of non-stop eating

    ...about 20*F this morning, foggy again...but nothing like my previous story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinsillo

    PS.3: My precious load: I'm Venezuelan, with a lot of Vzlan coworkers here...a wife of one the guys is cooking one of our Christmas plates..Pan de Jamon...delicious...basically: Bread stuffed with: Ham, Green olives, raisins and bacon...you know...if it has bacon must be good....well...is good!!

    I love Pan de Jamon!! My wife and I just started making it for ourselves last winter. Not as good as my Mom's, but we are practicing.


    As for today's commute, not bad. I never did winter commuting b/c I felt I couldnt b/c of the cold. I decided to get some winter stuff and give it a try. This morning was my coldest so far. I believe it started in the low/mid 20s with wind chill in the teens. High today is supposed to be 30F. The ride in really wasnt that bad. I wear sweat wicking tights, with thermals over that and shell pants rolled to avoid the chain. Top consists of sweat wicking t-shirt, thermal long-sleeve, then shell jacket. Full balaclava for the face. Fleece gloves. Socks with running shoes. Though temps will be higher this evening than this AM, I assume it will feel colder b/c the sun is down. Overall, winter commuting isnt as bad as I thought it would be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 08HardRock
    I love Pan de Jamon!! My wife and I just started making it for ourselves last winter. Not as good as my Mom's, but we are practicing.
    The Pan de Jamon is just great!...this one was particularly good, I took 2 to DC and by the second day there wasn't any trace of them

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    Nice rides today, slickerier than expected this a.m. on the downhill run after the 15" snow this weekend (now a mix of plowed, packed and mashed), but made it without incident. Pulled over a few times to let a few cars by, likely we were both happier. I think I have too much of a death grip at times as the bolt-on grips are trying to work their way off. Temps 15F both ways, which now seems comfy - nice not to need googles, don't like the squished feeling. Only bummer the bus had a mechanical this a.m., so they were running 30mins late (the commuter bus usually only comes 1x/hr). Luckily I have started carrying my warmer "waiting for the bus hat", and wasn't sweaty since its downhill, so didn't get too cold. Found an excuse not to look at used cars today like I planned (they would still be snow covered in the a.m. and dark in the p.m.), so I've now been "in between cars" since Nov.

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    I commend LUNARFX on reaching the 1000 mile mark. I had visions of the same but only made it to just over 800.

    Today I had a lesson in why not to wash your bike in the winter. I washed mine Friday in 40 degree weather after a slushy ride on the trails. Commute this morning started OK at about 20 degrees and 10mph winds, until about 2 miles in when I tried to upshift and got no change, then tried to hit the brakes and no rear. I was down to three gears and front brakes, but counted my blessings with not having discovered the frozen brake cables on the mile long downhill. Tonight the bike will sleep inside upside down in the hopes the cables will drain and we'll attack it tomorrow.

    I just can't stand a crusty bike on a sunny day.

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    Thanks! I thought 1000 miles for a person on a roadbike would be a breeze, but on a mountain bike, I thought was a bit harder. Especially all thousand miles on relearning how to ride all over again(coming from the roadbike world), and on somewhat knobby tires.

    There were a few days I had to drive to work during Christmas week, only because the girlfriend had me running errands doing holiday shopping, on top of my holiday shopping. And of course New Year's Eve week was hectic trying to get errands done as well. (I can't fit our Christmas tree, decorations, and lights at work in my Camelbak, so I didn't have much of a choice but to drive as well. Now that everything is back to normal I'm looking forward to riding tomorrow on the new bike again! I've only got 43 miles on the odometer for the new bike.

    I broke down and finally bought full-fingered gloves. It's actually supposed to be 24 degrees and a 20mph wind chill factor in Jacksonville, FL! I'm sooooo friggin' excited, because we just don't get these conditions! I just wished it snow for once!

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    Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'

    the shower rain stayed all day long so at the end of the day the streets were like a storm had felt minutes before...I was able to avoid car splashes...but I think fenders would have been useful on today's commute.
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    Weather Forecast: it ain't funny

    this morning was still cold and wet...hopefully some sun show up today and I will be able to have a drier afternoon commute.

    Now, weather forecast for the next 10 days:
    http://www.weather.com/weather/print/MXNL0068

    I know this ain't nothing for some of you but people is getting crazy about this Thursday and Friday weather and with my current gear I certainly won't have a pleasant commute on the next two weeks...I really need to prioritize an upgrade to my winter gear.

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    ^^ Fenders man, fenders. The water falling out of the sky is no problem...it's the stuff coming up from your wheels that makes it miserable.






    Cold/freezing fog for me again. About 20* again today. Fog presents an amazing opportunity to analyze your headlight's beam pattern, by the way.
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    A bit cool.

    I was OK in the morning, at around -13C about (+8 Fahrenheit). My hands were cold on the way back: temps went down to about -19C (about -2F).

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    Today's commute was good.

    Feels good to be back on the bike after a few weeks of bad weather and the holidays. =]

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    Echoing everybody's comments above about the pouring rain. My commute yesterday sucked so bad!! There were tons of "I have a New Year's resolution to bike commute" riders on the bike trail (not that there's anything wrong with that, just didn't expect so much bike traffic), it was dumping massive rain and pitch dark both ways, and it seemed like I hit every traffic light wrong and all the drivers were out to get me. Just one of those days I guess.

    But I'm liking the bike commuting so much (except yesterday!) that I've set myself a goal to ride 4,000 miles in 2010, a huge percentage of which will be from commuting. Work to ride, ride to work!!!
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    Afternoon commute: just cold...yeeeiii!

    did it fast and went to the LBS (car ride)...

    Mission: Upgrading Winter Gear

    Got:

    Pearl Izumi Softshell

    SKS Mud-X Front Fender

    Blackbottoms Booties

    I certainly will need a waterproof pant to use with the tights and improve the deal with the rain and cold together....any recommendation? (not to expensive please!!)

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    For a waterproof pant, I have been using the Novara Express Bike pants from REI. They have also been quite good for the wind and I can ride in 20F temps with these pants and shorts beneath even though they are thin. A bit noisy when walking to my bike through the office, but there are worse things. There are probably better pants out there, but these were an inexpensive experiment compared to the others.

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    That's just way hardcore man! Wish we could see pictures! On a side note, I'm praying to see snow before I leave for Wisconsin this Sunday. They're expecting sleet in south Georgia and the last time it's snowed here in Jacksonville, Florida was 1989.

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    Holy S**t!! My Gym is Smoking Friendly!!

    ...I always have to stop in this Sauna Place, I tried some real gyms, but none of them were clean enough to my public showers minimum standards...but anyways...today I get there and when I was taking off my gear I smell what it seemed to be cigar smoke, turned back and saw this guy (who haven't seen before) and he was smoking!!! WTF!...my first thought was: this guy may be the owner or something (couse here, if you are, you are entitle to break the rules)...I didn't want to say anything...I knew it was going to be worthless...but then I decided to look for a sign in the wall so he at least see me doing it...what did I found: ASHTRAYS EVERYWHERE!!!

    I´m usually alone when I get there in the mornings, and when its people, the ones I knew, well they don't smoke...so the air was always clean and it never occurred to me to think about it...I mean...it is against the law!!

    The manager wasn't there today...but something tells me that when I tell him about it I won't get a positive response.
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    Commute yesterday: Lost another Planet Bike Super Flash Blinky. That's 2 since 06. I'll hit a pothole and the things just fall apart. I end up with only the back.

    Lame.

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    -23 C lots of snow and car snot....

    Chinook might blow in on the weekend...12 C...

    Geez it will be a swimming pool then a skating rink.

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    I feel for you on the blinky light, I just lost one of mine this morning as well. I heard it hit the ground mid-intersection, couldn't go back to get it as the light was just turning read. Watched in horror as the first truck through the intersection went right over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
    Commute yesterday: Lost another Planet Bike Super Flash Blinky. That's 2 since 06. I'll hit a pothole and the things just fall apart. I end up with only the back.

    Lame.
    I've lost one as well going down steps going through a shortcut a while back on the way home, and as sturdy as the plastic may be, it broke to a ton of pieces. Hell, I could barely find the battery after I tried to put it all back together. Still, I would recommend them over any other taillight.

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    Today was cold

    2-4 F, wind chill -20 F at times-- 8 Miles.
    Felt good though.

    <a href="https://photobucket.com" target="_blank"><img src="https://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y228/lidarman/Boulder/coldcommute4F.jpg" border="0" alt="At work"></a>

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    Just back from a vacation, so no commuting for the past few weeks for me. I start again tonight and get yet another try for a 100% bike commute year. We`ll see.

    On the bummer side of things, I had a mesage waiting from my boss on the answering machine. Due to layoffs, a rescheduling was needed in order to maintain coverage in the plant and the killer schedule I`ve had for the last four years or so (three 12 hour shifts per week) will be gone as of Monday. As much as it bums be out, I guess i don`t have much room to complain being as it doesn`t look like I`m going to be out job hunting this month. Brighter still is that it`ll probably mean more hours. After they deduct our lunches, we`ve been getting 34.5 hours a week, which was fine when it was spiced up with a little OT, but that extra has been long gone lately.
    Recalculating....

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    Lidarman, that scene is beautiful! Is it in or near Boulder?
    Recalculating....

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    Rodar, too bad about the bum schedule (that's always a let down). Good thing you didn't lose your job though, and I guess this means more commute days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior
    Commute yesterday: Lost another Planet Bike Super Flash Blinky. That's 2 since 06. I'll hit a pothole and the things just fall apart. I end up with only the back.

    Lame.

    That surprises me. I've had the same one for 4 years of bombing down my seriously chattery dirt road on my rigid commuter. Is the lens part fallling off of the part that attaches to the bike?
    The worst I've had is the thing shutting itself off or going from 'blink' mode to 'solid' mode because of the bumps. I fixed that by bending the plastic overnight by lodging a stick into it and setting it by the fireplace.

    Two solutions for you: My Bell Metro helmet has a strap on the back for clipping in a light. You could move it from the bike to your dome, and it wouldn't be subjected to the bumps as bad.
    OR, you could wrap the new one with clear packing tape after you put a battery in it, to attach the front to the back a little more permanately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    That surprises me. I've had the same one for 4 years of bombing down my seriously chattery dirt road on my rigid commuter. Is the lens part fallling off of the part that attaches to the bike?
    The worst I've had is the thing shutting itself off or going from 'blink' mode to 'solid' mode because of the bumps. I fixed that by bending the plastic overnight by lodging a stick into it and setting it by the fireplace.

    Two solutions for you: My Bell Metro helmet has a strap on the back for clipping in a light. You could move it from the bike to your dome, and it wouldn't be subjected to the bumps as bad.
    OR, you could wrap the new one with clear packing tape after you put a battery in it, to attach the front to the back a little more permanately.
    Yes, the light up part came off from the part that attaches to the bike. I was forced to hit a couple of nasty potholes on the way in to work. I heard it it the first time but not the second. This will be my new setup: Planet Bike self leveling helmet blinky on my helmet (duh!), Superflash on my bag with tape of rubber band or something to keep it together and a Blackburn blinky thing I keep on as a solid light on my rack.

    Thanks for the tape idea. I was thinking 1 small rubber band but tape might work better...

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    My commute was interesting today. We got a little snow. The way to work was fine, but on the way back (more snow) I snapped my chain on the last hill before getting home. I felt like an idiot, but I went back out into the road, grabbed my chain, and coasted most of the way home.

    I'm not super experienced in snow commutes. We generally don't get a ton of snow, and when we do it's not usually cold enough to stick on the roads with all the salt and other stuff they throw on. Would the snow have anything to do with my chain snapping (fairly new chain that hadn't seen any salt on the roads until today)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    My commute was interesting today. We got a little snow. The way to work was fine, but on the way back (more snow) I snapped my chain on the last hill before getting home. I felt like an idiot, but I went back out into the road, grabbed my chain, and coasted most of the way home.

    I'm not super experienced in snow commutes. We generally don't get a ton of snow, and when we do it's not usually cold enough to stick on the roads with all the salt and other stuff they throw on. Would the snow have anything to do with my chain snapping (fairly new chain that hadn't seen any salt on the roads until today)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Glad you weren't hurt. Maybe the cold made the metal brittle?
    I'll have to take a look at the chain later, but it looked like a link just popped open. I had a bit of snow on the chain, so maybe the cold mixed with the ice caused it to go. Luckily there were no cars behind me at the time.

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    On the way to work this Morning
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    And Back Home tonight
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    That is about what my commute looked like yesterday ^^^

    I was loving every minute of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus
    I'll have to take a look at the chain later, but it looked like a link just popped open. I had a bit of snow on the chain, so maybe the cold mixed with the ice caused it to go. Luckily there were no cars behind me at the time.

    I've never had cold/ice affect my chain. ... Is it a masterlink chain or did you have to press it together? Sometimes on a non-masterlink chain, the pin you press in to attach it seats funny, and that one link doesn't want to flex...results in fatigue at that one link when the thing is forced to bend through the derailleur, and it can wear through the link plate because fo the friction and POW...usually on an otherwise new chain.


    ...OH, my commute today was dark. Cloudy, overcast, no moon, a little foggy, a little rainy...super dark out there on the rural roads.
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    Good commute, except had trouble with goggles fogging from the top down, which made me tilt my head up more for a good view, which made my helmet light point into the sky instead of down at the road. Gave up on them & it was teary but not frostbitey cold. Any tips on the goggles? Really cozy when they work but so far about 50/50 on the fogging.

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    Have you used any of the 'no-fog' products? There are ton's of opinions, but just keeping them really clean works well too. If you rub a little of any kind of oily product on the inside it helps a lot. Anything that leaves a little clear oily residue behind...peanut oil, hand soap, whatever...put a little on a paper towel and wipe the inside of the lens with it.

    Also make sure your hat/clava/whatever isn't blocking any vents on the top of the goggles. And don't stop moving airflow is everything. Also, if it's wet at all outside, put the goggles on in the house and don't take them off for anything during your commute. If you never move them or take them off, they'll last all day without fogging...but if you let the wet air in there, it's all over.
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    My fingers were cold today.
    Temps have been staying close to -20 Celsius but it felt colder today. No significant wind either, except what I made myself.
    The snow situation is pretty similar to what Normbilt pictured, above but there's no daylight either way yet.

    I just wear a pretty thin knit cap under the helmet. No goggles: just my prescription glasses. No problems with keeping my head warm for half an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy
    Have you used any of the 'no-fog' products? There are ton's of opinions, but just keeping them really clean works well too. If you rub a little of any kind of oily product on the inside it helps a lot. Anything that leaves a little clear oily residue behind...peanut oil, hand soap, whatever...put a little on a paper towel and wipe the inside of the lens with it.

    Also make sure your hat/clava/whatever isn't blocking any vents on the top of the goggles. And don't stop moving airflow is everything. Also, if it's wet at all outside, put the goggles on in the house and don't take them off for anything during your commute. If you never move them or take them off, they'll last all day without fogging...but if you let the wet air in there, it's all over.
    I'll have to try those. I only wear my goggles in the rain, and after about 10-15 minutes my face starts sweating and they fog up. My glasses inside them fog up to. I lift them so they will clear but then they just fog right up again.
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    That`s the same problem I have with goggles- they work great as lonmg as you don`t mind not being able to see anything. I heard that dishsoap works to keep them from fogging, but when I tried it it didn`t help. Wrong brand or technique, maybe. I never used any over the counter solutions (Cat Crap, RainEx, etc), so maybe they work better. For now I just use them when I really need the protection and live with the fogging- hope you find a better solution.

    A grand total of two commutes YTD for me, now (one trip in each direction). It`s been warm and drizzly and my yard is a mudhole. I did get the chance for a nice road ride last week in Phoenix. 60 miles in shorts with no gloves or mittens, no balaclava, and no long johns. Awesome! Almost worth cleaning off the 2600 miles worth of nasty road salt that my bike picked up over the course of the trip.
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    Finally completed a full week of commuting. Had snow on the ground (schools had 2hr delay) and about 27F. Not too cold, but the downhill turns were interesting. The reaction from co-workers was great as they asked "how", not "why" did I come in on my bike, while others stayed home today.

    However, I realized that my bike left a salt/cinder pool on the floor when I came to strap in for the ride home. I was amazed at how much salt dropped off the bike, I can only imagine how much is still on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RevRacer
    Finally completed a full week of commuting...
    me too!
    I ended up with a race against a runner...never saw him before....we chit chat at the beginning of a hill near home...when we reach half of it he started to increase the pace...a lot...I wasn't going to allow it...stand up and see ya!!

    first time I do that sprint...It was great! guess I'm going to include it on my commute.

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    Cool! Good job to RevRacer and Martinsillo!

    RevRacer, where did you leave that puddle of yuck? At home? Hope it wasn`t on any carpeting
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    Thanks for all the goggles tips

    Thanks for the goggles info...I will try out your suggestions in the next cold snap & report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevRacer
    Finally completed a full week of commuting. Had snow on the ground (schools had 2hr delay) and about 27F. Not too cold, but the downhill turns were interesting. The reaction from co-workers was great as they asked "how", not "why" did I come in on my bike, while others stayed home today.

    However, I realized that my bike left a salt/cinder pool on the floor when I came to strap in for the ride home. I was amazed at how much salt dropped off the bike, I can only imagine how much is still one it.
    After another 8" of snow fell 01/07 on the way to work yesterday it was 15F and still Snow packed roads mostly as I kept the the studded tire on with 30psi. On the way home, I pumped tires up to 60psi as the temped dropped to 10F the streets were mostly dry. It always amazes me to see the salt underneath my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    RevRacer, where did you leave that puddle of yuck? :
    Rodar, the puddle was actually in the shipping area at work, so concrete floors and no carpet thankfully.

    Now the debate of whether to wash the salt off (potentially get another frozen cable) or not (and hope the aluminum doesn't rot) as we have another week of 20 degrees on the slate.

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    This is more like it...
    Temps went up to about -4 Celsius: Cool enough to be dry, not so cold it is Cold.

    With the temps, humidity went up too, but the trees were still cold. So the humidity freezes on the trees. Cell phone snapshot outside the office:
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    ^^ Sweet. We went from 'so cold it's cold' directly to 'sloppy mess'...completely skipped the stage you're in. Maybe next storm...
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    Wow, that is pretty. We get similar stuff sometimes and when there`s morning sun on it it must be the most beautiful sight in the world.
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    Great commute this a.m. - I left on time so I wasn't rushed...enough snow over the weekend to "repave" the chatterbumps that had developed on my dirt/ice/snow road, so that part was faster, comfier & safer...dressed just right for the 15F...and 9 of 11 lights were green...what more can you ask for?

    nice pic perttime

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    I hadn't commuted in well over two weeks due to the holidays/fighting off a cold, but decided I could start back up yesterday. I apparently knocked all kinds of crap loose in my lungs and now I have a cold all over again (not sure if it's the same one...). I'm not going to let it prevent me from riding anymore (2+ weeks is too long to not ride!), but I'm going to see the doctor later today about it. Other than the coughing and congestion, it's been a beautiful week so far - this morning it was in the high 40's, no wind. I wore a scarf around the lower part of my face because even the 40 degree air was setting off my coughing... I must say though, right now, I am glad we don't get snow here (except on very rare occasions).

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    ^^ I have always felt like the bike ride helps shorten the duration of my colds... I blow snot rockets and spit all the way to work, and I swear it helps to get over it quicker.
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    burley type trailer behind me hauling lil' mr. hefty, sheepskin and a huge selection of cd's for the daycare
    crutches strapped to my backpack
    hardpack snow railtrail for first 1/2 hour, road work for the last.

    verdict: odd tire setups can make all the difference in the world!!
    that and I think I want a new helmet, this giro semi isn't as snow goggle friendly as I'd been led to believe
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    I hate our car...

    yesterday was a no commute day for me, sadly after my first full commute week...I know....when I woke up yesterday I was already 30min late for work....after all was said and done (and a car ride) I arrived 1 hour late...

    so I decided to check that noise that came from the front brakes on our car and do the oil change...verdict: 500USD doing the brakes and changing the terminals of the wheels and a not so urgent defect in the refrigerant housing (400USD to change it)...total with labor 1000USD

    I decided to just fix the brakes....the wife and I finally agree that this is the end of our car (last year, sept, I spend 1K on the electric system, killing a bike dream at that time)

    we were planning a vacation trip for our next long weekend at the end of January..is all gone now

    today the commute was wet and my mind...well you know...
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    Having another issue stemming from the infamous "abscess incident" which some of you may recall has been going on since last July. Another surgery on February 1st. Probably be on and off the bike between now and early Feb. At least I can still walk to work and enjoy the fresh air and exercise and it's better than driving!
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    snapped my chain on the way in.
    looked like the pin walked itself all the way out, that's new to me! exploded roller/shorn/twisted plate I've seen, but this looked like someone had slapped a chaintool while I was riding and pushed the pin out!
    pushed it back in for temp fix as I was only 6 blocks from work, no resistance whatsoever going through the plates (eeeks!)
    was one of the coloured kmc cheapies.

    wife felt so bad for me I'm getting a 710sl!
    think I'm going to bring a small thing fo degreaser to workt oo...
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    Wasnt bad. But I was so focused on making sure I had all my layers on that when I left, I didnt realize I forgot my helmet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    Having another issue stemming from the infamous "abscess incident" which some of you may recall has been going on since last July. Another surgery on February 1st. Probably be on and off the bike between now and early Feb. At least I can still walk to work and enjoy the fresh air and exercise and it's better than driving!

    Bummer dude. Hope this is the final chapter of that story



    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    snapped my chain on the way in.
    looked like the pin walked itself all the way out, that's new to me! exploded roller/shorn/twisted plate I've seen, but this looked like someone had slapped a chaintool while I was riding and pushed the pin out!
    Wow. In all these years of riding and commuting, I've still never snapped a chain. I've been carrying a chain tool and a masterlink for at least 12 years... I am fairly confident now that on the one day I don't bring those, I'll break a chain. Way to work the wife for new parts though
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    *whispers*
    shhhh... I mentioned that the multi-tool chaintool was sorely inadequate, especially in -12 degree winds and she asked what would be better.
    hrmmm, pedro's makes a nice big handled tool and...

    (is it kosher to have fingers crossed that you wife might pick you up the chain AND the tool? or is that really reaching in the karma stakes?!)

    let you know after lunch whether I'm a just a cad or if I'm livin' the dream


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    ^^ It is kosher. You shoud feel no guilt, and you should push for a new crankset too, because the chain braking probably had something to do with your worn chainring. If you're replacing one drivetrain part, you should replace them all.


    My ride was rainy this morning. Again. It's been soaking wet foggy or raining every morning for the past week and a half. I am so sick of it. Yesterday on the way home, the sun came out for maybe 45 seconds, and it was the most amazing thing....I can't imagine what an entire sunny ride would feel like at this point. Some day...
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    methinks that would result in: GOOSE GOOSE WE'RE IN A FLAT SPIN, I CAN'T REACH THE EJECTOR SWITCH PUNCH OUT PUNCH OUT!!


    possibly with similar end results.



    Edit: reading your comment RE sunshine reminded me of this past weekend, I convinced the wife we should skip through the park on the hardpacked snow, I rode around a bit on grenadier pond (35mm tires make cracky ice sounds!) and did a BIT of hillwork.
    occurs to me that cheapo chains, a 46x20 and snow/hillwork may have contributed more than I thought to my chain trying it's best to "live the straight life". 60 pound trailer/kid combo through the snow probably did too.
    you know I'm starting to feel a bit dumb for being surprised that my chain made good it's escape.
    always fought it but maybe a 1/8th chain isn't such a bad idea.


    EDIT: PC-1 nickel and a pedro's pro chain tool... livin's the dream.
    (she didn't bite on the cranks comment)
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    Not cold here today at -2celcius, but pretty windy.

    My bike realy needs a wash, the salt they lay down is bordering on ridiculous.
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    Gary, you did a good job last time by not putting up any pictures- keep it up. And this time we`ll cross our fingers that the sympathetic young nurse will be a woman!
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    'Twas the night....

    ....

    ..When out on the road there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from my bike to see what was the matter.
    Away to the shoulder I flew like a flash,
    Thought the town plow was coming to clear off the "mashed".
    The plow on the crown of the newly paved road
    Gave the lustre of mid-day with sparks for show.

    When, what to my wondering ears should appear,
    But a soaring whitetail - clipped the branches too near.
    I whistled, and shouted, and called it by name;
    "Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
    On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN!
    To the top of the hill! to the top of the wall!
    Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

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    About -10 Celsius today. The ploughed paths were in fast shape: mainly smooth and hard, but not slippery hard.

    Trees are still pretty. Now I took a snapshot as soon as I arrived, just after 8 AM.
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    My commutes have sucked this week. I've had to take a car in to work every day so far. In addition to having to take a car, I got a flat (and a spare with no air). Ha!

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    I really need to start packing my camera or bust out the Cell phone...cool pics.

    FINALLY today we got back into the 'clear and cold' weather pattern that I'm used to in the winter. Back down in the low 20's and no fog today...the dirt road froze up nicely after a couple of weeks of nasty slippery slop. The chuckholes are still horrible, but the traction of frozen mud is outstanding.
    And now that the fog lifted I can see some evidence that we're past the shortest day of the year and are starting to swing back. It's been super dark for a couple of weeks. Today the clouds started to get pink only 15 or 20 minutes after I got to work... still needed the headlight all the way in, but the march towards that beautiful day when the sun comes up during the ride has officially begun.

    Apparently we're in for a crazy week next week here in NorCal... offshore pacific storms being churned up by 200mph jetstream winds are stacking up...they're predicting that we get slapped in the face roughly once every 24 hours for several days straight. Potential for "several feet of snow in the sierra", etc, etc. We'll see how that goes.
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    perttime's pic makes me wonder if commutting that early might be worth the lack of sleep.
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    ^^ Psssh. That's 8:00 AM. I'm on the bike at 6:30 and it's TOTALLY worth the lack of sleep.
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    Started out poorly with one of those dumb "I had it last night, I swear I put it right there & now I can't find it anywhere" mornings that put me out the door late. Luckily, the conditions were good, was able to speed pretty quickly down the dirt/ice/snow road and the rest of the hill & it wasn't windy when I got to the flatter section, so I made the bus by 5 mins. Along the way had a tractor trailer go by within an arm's length - annoying, unnecessary and a little unnerving, but got some satisfaction when I passed him in the backed up traffic at the light & didn't see him again. There were some seriously lazy bus commuters who complained when they had to walk almost 75' (horrors!!) because parked cars were too close for the bus to stop right at the bus stop where they were waiting - unbelievable!

    Goggles report: yesterday a.m. it was -4 F & dropping so I tried the goggles again. Had forgotten to pickup up the antifog, but I took care to not block the vents & to tried to seal it well, & I didn't move them once I went outside. Used the thin balaclava & a cap rather than the fleecy velcro facemask I like better. The thin balaclava seems better for the goggles seal but the it is pretty wet & gross by the end of the ride. The goggles stayed clear until about mile 7 & then started to grow just a small fog spot @ upper left, not really in the way. Thanks for all the tips, it sure was cozy to be able to keep them on. Also at about mile 7 got passed by another bike commuter without a word from him before, during or in reponse to my "Hi". When it's below 0 you expect a little more camraderie!

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    Today, I made an exception and stopped on the way home to take a pic of the "ploughed path. About 4:30 PM, or so. Much less light there in the "green zone".

    I have some good route options that mainly keep me away from much car traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer
    There were some seriously lazy bus commuters who complained when they had to walk almost 75' (horrors!!) because parked cars were too close for the bus to stop right at the bus stop where they were waiting - unbelievable!
    When I used to take the bus, I was always amazed at the sheer number of people who would literally take the bus ONE BLOCK!
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    Woo! Now there's sewage in my basement. This week rocks. Ha!

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    snapped chain yesterday, today- wondered whether that bottle was glass or plastic, then found out.
    only 6 or 7 block's walk home, ah well.
    gave me the impetus to re-pedal the 1x1, change gearing, and tomorrow we see if those cafe bars are a keeper or not.
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    Perttime, GREAT pictures!

    Yuck, Sockeyeus. Are you sure it`s sewage and not just that RevRacer parked his bike in your basement?

    What`s up with all these snapped chains lately? I hope I don`t get the honor of joining your ranks.
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    Rodar, that was a cinder pool, not a septic pool

    But I feel for Sockeyeus as this week I had to stop riding after Monday. Doctor told me that I had to be off the bike while I am getting my rotator cuff treated. I wanted to argue, as it never hurts when I ride, but when I reached PT, they actually suggested that it could have been riding that brought it on. Of course the most prominent cause is the 40+ category. PT made a slight suggestion that the MTB handlebars might be more strain than the low grips on a road bike or maybe barends.

    OK, fine, I'll give the three weeks they suggest, but it has been 4 days and I already have car cabin fever.

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    ^^ boo, sorry to hear it.

    I pushed really hard for some reason on the ride home today...decent weather for a change, I guess I was motivated. Hit every hill in at least a gear or two higher than normal. Then I arrived home to find a box from Pricepoint on the doorstep. That's about the best commute you could ask for right there. Contents: shifters and a seatpost for the 29er in progress...
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    Didn't I just say I wasn't looking forward to the rain??? It is here today, 1"-2" of rain and gusts up to 40mph forecast. Lucked out this a.m., just a light rain & some wind, took it easy on the wet ice on my road. Not looking forward to tonight, it is pouring now, 49 F, so the snow is melting like crazy too, flood watch in effect. The interstate southbound has been closed all day due to a fiery crash involving 2 milk trucks & 1 car, so it was a good day not to be driving on it. My bus ride will likely be slow due to all the detoured people, but thats OK, maybe the rain will let up again by the time I get off to ride. Here's a shot from a nearby webcam today (Stowe ski area watching their snow melt away).
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    No need to wait- I found a pic of MTBX in her commuting gear for tomorrow.
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    I was so happy to go out the front door this morning and NOT see ice on the roads, I didn't even care that I was riding into another 20+ headwind, this time at 30F.

    Tonight, I was so f'n tired, it was all I could do to pedal home. With a tailwind.

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    ^^ Man do I hear that.

    Today's ride in was SKETCHY in terms of slippery-ness. I don't know how I got all the way here without going down. We got about an inch of new snow last night that was turning into freezing rain as I was riding in...you don't realize how much you rely on that white line until it's gone. One wheel over the edge of the pavement and it's over, but you can't tell where that edge is becuase the plow scraped the shoulder just as flat as the pavement before the new snow came and hid the transition...and if you get too far out into the lane there's a transition where the old pavement meets the new pavement, since they didn't re-pave the edges, just the middle... add to that the random dips and bumps that send your front wheel skittering an inch or two left or right at random, and the fact that the drivers don't want to leave their comfortable wheel ruts to give you any room. ...pretty stressful.
    Luckily it warmed up a bit today and even though it's dumping snow, the roads are just wet. I love these conditions. The fenders will keep the road gunk at bay, and you don't get nearly as wet as you would if it was raining. Just need to get home before it starts sticking...
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    Ride this morning was great. It felt good after going more than a week without riding because of a stupid cold. I tried to ride it off, but it kept getting worse, and every time I rode, I would start coughing hard (chest congestion - blech). I'm finally over it and back to riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    No need to wait- I found a pic of MTBX in her commuting gear for tomorrow.
    Hahaha I can always count on the commuter forum for good tips for dressing properly for the conditions! Made it home, rain got harder as I went, but only 3.5 mi from closest bus stop (but it takes me an hour since it is 1000' up & >1/3 dirt). Fine on pavement part, just ripples of waves coming downhill, occasional fallen branches to avoid, very foggy, but very little traffic. Interstate finally reopened about 11 hrs after the 2 truck 1 car accident. Hated the muddy section of my road, very tiring, stayed on the crown unless a car as coming. Then it firmed up again as I got higher in elevation, and pedaling got easier.

    This was the first day that I added the little kayak strobe (+/- $30 princeton tec) to the rear blinky, made me feel better in the fog, and it is designed to float, so you figure it won't short out. Blinks slower than blinky, but very bright.

    Consider myself pretty lucky today, considering...82 mph wind recorded in Cambridge VT...if I'd gotten that I would have needed the bike as an anchor to keep from blowing away.

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    Last week we had rain all week. This week we're getting snow. I was the first person in to work today due to icy roads. I was a bit surprised to see that another cyclist beat me to the bike path.

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    Ice, ice baby

    So I'm a pretty smart guy, right? I live off of a dirt road off of a dirt road, and I usually get more snow than just about anywhere else on my commute, becuase I'm also at maybe 500 feet higher in elevation than 'town'. So last night it was snowing a bit, and I decided to shovel a patch of asphalt in front of my garage, so that in the morning I can see how much new snow there is and decide if it would be ok to ride.
    Fast forward to this morning, there was maybe an inch of new stuff in my test section... and it looked wet out there, almost misty. "This is good" I thought, "roads will be wet, not snowy like yesterday when you couldn't find the white line to save your life."

    So I take off down my dirt road, and it's pretty sloppy. Wet enough so that I cut through most of it, but super slippery and nasty. I got sucked into any pothole I got within 6 inches of...it was work getting down to the pavement, which was covered in that inch of fresh stuff I had seen in my driveway. This road isn't travelled much, so I expected this. It actually offered some decent traction if I stayed out of the tire tracks. This road decends down to valley-floor level, where I expected to get out of the snow, and sure enough, about half way to the 'main road', the snow started to dissapear. I got a little more confident as I picked up speed going down the hill, and then a car came by going uphill. The mirror-glare of his headlights bouncing off of the pavement told me one thing: You are an idiot.
    I had flown blindly into a skating rink of death. I was approaching the end of this road, where it forms a T with the main road. There is never any cars on my morning commute...except for today, when I could see a couple cars coming in both directions on the main road. I grabbed a little brake...zero to lock up in .04 seconds. I unclipped my right foot and started to drag it. Now I'm like a two-wheeled, one footed tripod of fear, sliding down the road in the dark, headlight pointing at the shoulder. I started to realize that there was no way this was going to stop me before the intersection. I was like a 12 year old kid pulling the biggest rear brake induced skid in history, except there were no rear brakes involved. I had no choice but to lay it down, which I pulled off rather smoothly I must say. I went down on my right hip and continued to slide for another 30 yards or so...long enough to really consider how much road rash I would be getting if I was skidding this far on dry pavement. At that moment the centimeter of ice separating me from losing all of the skin on my butt was the greatest thing in the world.
    I came to a stop just over the limit line right about the same time the couple of cars I had seen came by on the road. I walked across the road, realizing that I was in for a heck of a ride to work, and gingerly pedaled the next 4 miles without much difficulty. I had the front wheel catch a rut or two and squirt out from underneath me, but not enough to throw me down. When I got to town, the ice got worse...if that was possible. I actually walked the last 1/2 mile or so, which was probably more difficult than riding... the sidewalk was worse than the pavement. Heck of a ride today.

    Here's a pic of part of my dirt road from yesterday's home journey:
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    CB, remember about a week ago when I suggested either changing your sig or lying when you drove? Maybe you should have taken the other option.

    Seriously, it sounds like you had the biggest adventure since Herman Melville this morning! Didn`t lose any skin, I hope? When day shift started comming in today, every single person made a point to tell me how many cars they had seen in the ditch and to warn me of the slippery conditions. For some reason, I lucked out- there were a few little patches of what was undoubtedly the frozen banana peels that everybody had warned me about, but for the most part not too bad.
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    ^^ Reno, right? Same storm... sometime in the middle of the night it went from snow to freezing mist/rain. The most frustrating part of my commute is living in the woods and not being able to see the road conditions from home. It's a crap shoot some days... If I could do today again, I wouldn't have risked it.
    I didn't lose any skin, thanks for asking...it was that slick. A little bruise on the hip maybe... I'm at 100% for the hopefully thawed-out ride home.
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    Yeah, must have been the same storm. What you described sounds like what everybody comming into work described- I have no idea why I didn`t get it like that all the way home. Glad you`re intact.
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    Yikes CommuterBoy!! Sounds like a scary ride all around. Good thing you decided to bail when you did, excellent work. Then I saw the pic of your bike & road & said how does he ride that thing on that road even when it is not icy?!?!? Those skinny tires scare me. Of course now that I say that I will go down on my nice fat studded MTB tires any day now.

    Glad you are in 1 piece, and not a flattened piece. Good luck on the ride home & keep the rubber side down. Hope you are not lamed up by then.

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    A few roads were closed due to ice jams and flooding today, but luckily not any that I have to take. A little detour that is no biggie in a car could mean a really long bikecommute. It had dropped to 28F overnight but it was dry. Once I got to pavement the roads were surprisingly dry, maybe because the snowbanks had shrunk so much that they were draining better. Some lawns were showing at the lower elevations. Made it to the 11mi bus stop in record time and enjoyed my coffee & started a new audiobook "Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain & My Long Trek Home" (plane crash!) while I waited for the bus.

    Sadly, I found out at work that the woman killed in the car/milk tankers accident yesterday was someone at work's mother in law. Ironically she was on the interstate at 3:30 a.m. because she was on the way to the hospital for a medical problem. The 2 milk tanker drivers knew each other & the one who hit the jack-knifed truck burned up in his cab, there was nothing left but an engine block.

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