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Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 17, 2011, 12:44:00 PM
Mine hasn't happened yet. And I'm probably going to drive. But I'm definitely getting my fat ass to work via bicycle at least once or twice this week.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 17, 2011, 01:04:03 PM
Today would have been good, but it's a scheduled day off. Tomorrow and Thursday are recovery days, but it's supposed to snow or rain. I'll ride in the rain, but not in January. I still need to figure out how to work commuting into a training plan. Can I ride on rest days?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 17, 2011, 01:08:43 PM
I don't see why not, so long as it's an active recovery day.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 17, 2011, 01:09:29 PM
I meant a rest day, day off. I would think no, but I've never trained by a strict plan.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: <gmt> on January 17, 2011, 01:19:33 PM
I don't do much of anything on rest days
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 17, 2011, 01:39:20 PM
My commute is only 14 miles, each way, so unless my coach told me to not move at all, I didn't worry about it that much.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: roadiejorge on January 18, 2011, 10:46:01 AM
I'd love to have something to report but the weather continues to be uncooperative. This morning walking was enough of a challenge, I can't imagine anyone riding in that mess. I'm hoping the warmer temperatures will get rid of most of the snow for next week.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 18, 2011, 11:46:36 AM
It was a pleasant commute today strictly because I could. Wind from the west at about 25, and low 30's for temps. It felt good to be able to ride to work.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 18, 2011, 12:16:45 PM
I'd love to have something to report but the weather continues to be uncooperative. This morning walking was enough of a challenge, I can't imagine anyone riding in that mess. I'm hoping the warmer temperatures will get rid of most of the snow for next week.

I'm hoping to ride in tomorrow...supposed to be low to mid 40s when I'll be riding in...hope its sunny, and not too windy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: MidgetMaestro on January 18, 2011, 12:22:07 PM
Cold, wet and I had to walk part of it. It seems that nobody thought to plow the bike path going into Chilli, and I didn't think to throw cx tires on, so a good mile of my ride was walked in winter crocs.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 18, 2011, 12:22:58 PM
It was a pleasant commute today strictly because I could. Wind from the west at about 25, and low 30's for temps. It felt good to be able to ride to work.

This thread really doesn't want me to reply to you. Let's try again -

Congrats on the first actual ride report!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 18, 2011, 12:49:49 PM
Congrats on the first actual ride report!

Thanks!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 19, 2011, 09:34:22 PM
Hanging my head in shame. Rode to work this am, but within the hour I was to leave, it snowed, temps dropped 20 degrees down to 18, and the roads iced up. Left the bike at work, and took a company vehicle home. First time I have rolled the dice and lost.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 20, 2011, 02:54:30 PM
I'm really disappointed in myself for not riding in to work yesterday. Stuff came up, but still...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ZeCanon on January 21, 2011, 08:16:39 AM
Mine is only a few miles these days, but with the snow Wednesday afternoon yesterday's usual 10 minutes turned into a very sketchy 25.


Roads are clear now, though. Happy days.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 21, 2011, 08:28:04 AM
I could have commuted yesterday but I would not have had time to do the scheduled workout, so I succumbed to the trainer. This was the only day this week that I could have ridden outside.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 21, 2011, 11:33:27 AM
Slow, yet lots of fun with the road slicks and fixed gear on low priority snow covered roads. Started snowing like mad just after I got in... The ride home tonight should be beautiful. I love riding home through fresh snow in the dark after the evening car commute traffic has dwindled to almost nothing.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 21, 2011, 11:36:42 AM
Nice tailwind this morning which will turn into a headwind on the ride home. Getting to surf the wind this am is worth the work this evening.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: truckstop on January 21, 2011, 12:14:45 PM
Ok, I know some of you have seen this before, but here's my arduous 5 yard slipper commute.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/4962346633_826c49103a_m.jpg)

I took a long detour downstairs to the kitchen for some coffee. Path was clear, although I did have to dodge some yarn balls Lola had pulled out of the knitting basket. I opted for socks over slippers today, the current set of slippers don't have backs to them, which makes climbing kind of a pain. I have to keep my heels down and toes clenched to get up the stairs faster. If anyone has recommendations for durable slippers I can get a lot of miles out of, I'm looking for recommendations. Clinchers, obviously.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 21, 2011, 12:26:24 PM

(http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/9924/motorcycleslippers.jpg) (http://img155.imageshack.us/i/motorcycleslippers.jpg/)


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: truckstop on January 21, 2011, 12:40:07 PM
 :lol:

That looks like a Hyabusa... my commute would go much faster in those. Although they don't handle very well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 21, 2011, 02:25:21 PM
Work from home, eh? What profession? I've been trying to get my boss to let me work from home for years...so far, no dice.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: truckstop on January 21, 2011, 02:32:55 PM
Graphic design. I work from home for a company in Columbus, OH, and travel there to work once a month or so.

It's ok. I miss having face time with coworkers, and since we live in rural suburbs, and have only one (working) car, it's kind of isolating, and a creative vacuum.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 21, 2011, 02:38:12 PM
My sister is a freelance graphic designer (Quark on Mac). My mother was a commercial illustrator. My brother is a jeweler. I am the black sheep geek of the family.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: MidgetMaestro on January 21, 2011, 04:37:42 PM
(http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/9924/motorcycleslippers.jpg) (http://img155.imageshack.us/i/motorcycleslippers.jpg/)

They look pretty comfy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 24, 2011, 11:45:30 AM
I think those slippers would have kept my feet warmer than my sock/bag/sock/shoe layering did this morning!


Do they come with SPD cleat mounts?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 24, 2011, 11:50:22 AM
Another tailwind this morning. I'm learning to be happy with the headwind I get on the ride home, as it is the same thing that made my ride fun earlier in the day.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 24, 2011, 01:16:36 PM
Groin strain...two weeks off the bike! Gnar!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: <gmt> on January 24, 2011, 05:36:42 PM
that is teh suck
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 24, 2011, 08:31:29 PM
I got in some bonus resistance training on my way home this evening. :-)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 24, 2011, 11:16:14 PM
That doesn't look like fun. Good on you for getting out there in it, though.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 25, 2011, 10:31:09 AM
I don't own a car and I never seem to be able to get myself on the bus schedule, so I either walk or ride.  Not a long commute - just 7 miles round trip, but walking seems to take forever... so, I ride. 140+ commuting miles thus far for January.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 25, 2011, 11:14:44 AM
Well done, dragonfly.


I looked at the internet weather experts, and they all said it was in the 20's this morning. Got on the bike, and was immediately cold. Tucked in the sleeves, pulled up the balaclava, and went on about it, but still was surprised I was feeling the cold as I was. Looked at the Garmin a little later, and it said 14. Made sense then.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 25, 2011, 11:33:18 AM

Got on the bike, and was immediately cold. Tucked in the sleeves, pulled up the balaclava, and went on about it, but still was surprised I was feeling the cold as I was.



I find a few thin layers works for me. My standard commuting kit in winter is a rain coat and rain pants. Usually it is just over my every day work clothes. Yesterday I added a thermal layer under my work shirt and a pair of long underwear under my trousers. On the feet yesterday I had liner socks, plastic bags (produce bags from my last shopping trip), and another pair of liners. I always wear a hat under the helmet and clear glasses, but yesterday I added nordic racing ear muffs and a neck gator to the get up. A variety of glove choices keep my hands functional. Yesterday morning (-5 when I left the house) I was chilly for the first mile or two and then warmed into the ride. I have learned how to dress for "comfortable" riding down to around -15 (thank you 5 years of commuting through the winter in MT). Below that I end up like the Michelin Man and lose the movement necessary to work a bike.


I'm 37 and have never owned a car. I choose where in a community I live very carefully with regards to proximity to work and groceries. I commute on a regular road frame converted to a fixed gear, with a gear ratio chosen for what works with regards to chain length, so I also have to make sure I can manage the terrain with my gear.  It has worked thus far. :-)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on January 26, 2011, 01:57:14 AM
Dragonfly, that's awesome. It's impossible for me, right this minute, but I'd love to get to a place where I can live car free. [edit] I just noticed where you live...that's borderline remarkable, biking year round in that area. My mothers side of the family is from Ithaca, I know the area a bit.


Actually, I may find out if it's possible...the transmission in my car is getting closer and closer to aborting itself...when that happens, I'm on the bike.


I would have loved to have been able to commute today. Legs are feeling a little bit better, but I know they're not totally healed, so I'm not risking it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 27, 2011, 07:28:02 AM
Rog, necessity definitely breeds creativity... Though injuries heal better and faster when you give them time.


Ithaca is not as 'easy' to commute in as Bozeman MT was, but having grown up here in Ithaca, I came back with a plan of sorts. I work on Cornell's campus and specifically looked for a place to live on East Hill or north or campus.


I do have several routes "mapped out" and I choose my path for the day depending on road conditions and traffic and how much I want to beat myself up with my one gear on the hills. I also chose a place that was close - just 3.5 miles each way... so even if I miss on the clothing I am never out _that_ long...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 31, 2011, 10:44:38 AM
not such a good morning commute today... 1.5 mile ride... 2 mile walk....

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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 31, 2011, 11:42:43 AM
No good dragonfly! I'm sorry for your troubles.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on February 07, 2011, 02:35:52 AM
not such a good morning commute today... 1.5 mile ride... 2 mile walk....


Oh man, I just saw this...drag! I usually have a chainbreaker on me for just such an occasion...I probably won't need it til the day I forget it, though...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 07, 2011, 05:57:03 PM
fixed gear + really short horizontal drop outs + taking out the broken link = chain that is too short to work...


 :/


so I used me feet for walkin'


Still haven't managed to get the new chain so I've been commuting on the cx bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 03, 2011, 09:53:52 AM
It has been cold in the mornings, but great on the commute home. It's a good thing I eat all my lunch, so I have room in my trunk bag for the extra layers I don't need in the afternoon.


This morning was absolutely gorgeous. May have some rain/snow this afternoon, but the ride this morning is worth a little payback this afternoon.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 10, 2011, 09:15:09 AM
Ice and meeting earlier this week, so for the first 3 days, there was no commute for me. I can see how one could easily be lulled into driving to work every day. The heater is on, the sound system is rockin', and it really is just easier to get in the truck, and drive to work.


 I rode off the early ride chill that is part of my ride to work, and after about 3 minutes, I realized what I was missing when I drove.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on March 10, 2011, 02:14:59 PM
Someday...someday...I will contribute to this thread.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 21, 2011, 03:34:43 PM
40 degrees and clear this am. Headwinds of 20-30 forecast on the way home. I'm OK with that.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 29, 2011, 07:18:13 PM
I broke out the Giant and commuted in to work, the first time since January. Took a little spill on some ice but no harm done to me or the bike. The morning leg was so nice, 26 degrees and no wind at all. I was hoping to make the afternoon leg longer but a VP scheduled a meeting at 4pm so I had to take the shorter way home. About 25mi total with a good bit of hill work. The fit on the bike isn't quite right. I'm going to have to tweak it. I may end up selling this bike for a cross bike so no big investments.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 30, 2011, 08:43:20 AM
It was another nice cold, crisp morning to ride to work. I was feeling pretty tired on the ride home yesterday, so I figured I'd just keep the speed down and enjoy the ride. So I'm coming down a short 8% hill and what pulls out up ahead? A milk hauler. Well I am not one to miss an opportunity like that, so I jump on the back. I swing right then left so that the driver can see my headlight strobe. He checks his mirrors and sees I'm there. If there's one thing tractor trailer drivers understand, it's drafting, and he slowly ramps up the speed. 28mph. I swing left so he can see me, he ramps again. 34mph. Remember I am on the full blown commuter bike with a rack, pack, fenders, lights, MUP bell, all ~30 pounds of it. I swing left again, he ramps it up again. 38mph. I am flat out in the 52/13 with one gear left. I hang with him for about a mile, swinging left so he can check me off, until the road hits a steady grade and I back off with a wave. He waves back with a smile.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: <gmt> on March 30, 2011, 08:52:08 AM
nice
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on March 30, 2011, 09:20:27 AM
awesome shovel!


Still chilly in the AM here but first morning in without the added warmth of my standard winter commuting rain pants. Felt great not to have that extra layer.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 30, 2011, 09:34:53 AM
The Giant in commuter trim.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/giant.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 30, 2011, 09:39:56 AM
Right now I am commuting in my work clothes. Jeans, base layer, a fleece top, PI wind jacket with the sleeves removed. It's OK for the mornings but way too hot for the afternoon when the temps get above 40 degrees. For the immediate future I think I'm going to put a set of bibs, leg warmers, jersey and arm warmers in the pack for the ride home. Longer term, I think I'm going to start doing the commute on the Felt with a backpack, or drop clothes in the office ahead of time. We have no shower here. The shortest point to point route is about 12.5mi. I'd be curious to hear what others do.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 30, 2011, 10:21:51 AM
Commute was uneventful today.


I am lucky in the fact that uniforms are provided. I have a trunk bag similar to yours, shovelhd, and it carries my lunch, and anything else I choose to bring to work that day. We are seeing 20's and 30's in the am, and 60's on up during the ride home. Since my lunch is gone, I have room for the clothes I don't need for the ride home.


 I prefer to wear bike shorts, as they are more economical than bibs, to me. Then I wear base layers top and bottom, and I also have a PI windbreaker. My commute is 10 miles, and if needed, I will take a quick Texaco shower in the restroom here.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 30, 2011, 12:09:38 PM
I don't see any way around having to change clothes 4x.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on April 05, 2011, 09:42:32 PM
Today was great. Warm in the am, and warm on the ride home. I didn't ride to work yesterday, because after the ride on Sunday, I really thought I needed a sanity check. Sanity prevailed, and I rode today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on April 06, 2011, 02:28:34 PM
Glad to hear that sanity reigns in the LAJ household. ;-)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on April 06, 2011, 02:31:55 PM
Commute was uneventful today.


I am lucky in the fact that uniforms are provided. I have a trunk bag similar to yours, shovelhd, and it carries my lunch, and anything else I choose to bring to work that day. We are seeing 20's and 30's in the am, and 60's on up during the ride home. Since my lunch is gone, I have room for the clothes I don't need for the ride home.


 I prefer to wear bike shorts, as they are more economical than bibs, to me. Then I wear base layers top and bottom, and I also have a PI windbreaker. My commute is 10 miles, and if needed, I will take a quick Texaco shower in the restroom here.


Texaco shower?  :o


When I rode to work, back in the halcyon days when I still had a job, I'd use these: http://www.actionwipes.com/ (http://www.actionwipes.com/) They did a great job, and smelled nice, too. And the company is run by a wonderful woman. Rog endorses Action Wipes!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 06, 2011, 05:25:56 PM
Noticed today that the half link that was moved from my rusted and busted old fixie chain to the new one is now cracked through one plate. Not sure if it will get me home tonight...


Ah well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on April 06, 2011, 05:27:29 PM
Thanks Rog! I will give the Action Wipes a shot. I especially like the Tea Tree stuff.


Texaco shower, Denny's shower, just slang for wherever provided a sink, and room to move.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on April 06, 2011, 05:28:18 PM
Ride safe, and be careful, df.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 06, 2011, 08:13:38 PM
Noticed today that the half link that was moved from my rusted and busted old fixie chain to the new one is now cracked through one plate. Not sure if it will get me home tonight...


Ah well.

And you say you have no power. Bah.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 06, 2011, 08:18:48 PM
And you say you have no power. Bah.


the power of corrosion comes from the salt and the road snot... not my legs.
 :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on April 06, 2011, 08:36:36 PM

the power of corrosion comes from the salt and the road snot... not my legs.
 :(


I guess you made it home!  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on April 07, 2011, 01:28:14 PM
Thanks Rog! I will give the Action Wipes a shot. I especially like the Tea Tree stuff.


Texaco shower, Denny's shower, just slang for wherever provided a sink, and room to move.  :)


Excellent. When you order them, tell Martha (the owner) that @simplycycling (my twitter handle) sent you.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: EDR on May 27, 2011, 10:40:32 AM
Did my first commute of the year today...picked one of the most humid mornings to do it.  Yuck.  13.5mi two big climbs 39:30.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 27, 2011, 11:07:47 AM
Welcome to the commuting fray.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 27, 2011, 12:40:37 PM
Welcome to the commuting fray.


Agree. Welcome.


Those Action Wipes are all that, by the way. It has been too cool to need them on my commute in to work, so I haven't yet needed them for that. But, after the weekend rides, they do a nice job to get the stink off, and let me feel human enough to drive home.


Also, there some real jerks on the roads lately. People in bad moods, driving unconscious, or just people that have no clue at all what to do when a cyclist is near. Be careful.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 27, 2011, 12:57:12 PM
Those Action Wipes are all that, by the way. It has been too cool to need them on my commute in to work, so I haven't yet needed them for that. But, after the weekend rides, they do a nice job to get the stink off, and let me feel human enough to drive home.


Also, there some real jerks on the roads lately. People in bad moods, driving unconscious, or just people that have no clue at all what to do when a cyclist is near. Be careful.

What are these Action Wipes you speak of? It's been hot here lately so I've resorted to a quick whore's bath followed by a wipe with generic Huggies when I get in.

I did a nice 50mi split commute yesterday, 13mi in and 37mi home. The number of recreational cyclists on the roads here has gone up by an order of magnitude in the past week. The traffic has been rough, and I'm sure the cagers aren't happy when I ride up to the front of the line and they have to pass me again. That's the downside of commuting, having to ride in peak traffic.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 27, 2011, 01:43:47 PM
http://www.actionwipes.com/ (http://www.actionwipes.com/)


Rog suggested them, nice lady, and I reuse them on my bike.


Nice commute, btw! I have no issue filtering to the front, as I feel I earn that right by what I'm "driving". Every ride seems to be an adventure anymore, so if I piss off a driver, then so what.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: EDR on May 27, 2011, 01:47:12 PM

Thanks for the link..I'll place an order today.  Do you use that spray stuff too?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on May 27, 2011, 01:51:42 PM
:-) 


I'm rather psyched I've helped drum up some business for Martha.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 27, 2011, 02:01:05 PM
No spray stuff, but that may be on my next order.


Heck Rog, I appreciate anything that is quality. This fits the bill, and I do thank ya for cluing me in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 27, 2011, 04:20:37 PM
Very interesting. It is a disinfectant. That's just what I need to battle the saddle sores.

So I gather you can use them once, wash them, then reuse them as a bike rag. Is the spray what is in the wipe? Is the idea to be able to reuse the wipe by spraying/soaking in the spray and repackaging it in a ziplock bag?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on May 27, 2011, 05:08:09 PM
Very interesting. It is a disinfectant. That's just what I need to battle the saddle sores.

So I gather you can use them once, wash them, then reuse them as a bike rag. Is the spray what is in the wipe? Is the idea to be able to reuse the wipe by spraying/soaking in the spray and repackaging it in a ziplock bag?


I couldn't tell you, myself, but Martha is really accessible, through both twitter and her website - if you ask her a question, she will answer, usually very quickly.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on May 27, 2011, 05:09:08 PM
What are these Action Wipes you speak of? It's been hot here lately so I've resorted to a quick whore's bath followed by a wipe with generic Huggies when I get in.

I did a nice 50mi split commute yesterday, 13mi in and 37mi home. The number of recreational cyclists on the roads here has gone up by an order of magnitude in the past week. The traffic has been rough, and I'm sure the cagers aren't happy when I ride up to the front of the line and they have to pass me again. That's the downside of commuting, having to ride in peak traffic.


Wait, what?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 27, 2011, 05:11:41 PM
I believe the spray and wipe are one in the same. I was planning on washing the next batch of wipes, as I now have plenty for the bike. Then, I was going to ziploc one or two at a time the day of the ride, with a bit of water. Use the spray, wipe with the towel, and call it good. Either way, I am hooked on the smell of this stuff.




 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 27, 2011, 05:12:47 PM
I think that is shovelhd's way of saying a Texaco Shower, Rog. Either way, I like it.   :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: EDR on May 27, 2011, 08:38:56 PM
So I took a different route home, two miles shorter.  100 degrees, 15+ mph head wind.  20w higher and 8min longer on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 28, 2011, 06:59:22 PM
A whore's bath is a wipedown with soap and water. At least that's what we call it here in western MA.

LAJ, that's what I'm thinking. Reuse the wipes with the spray and prep them for reuse in a ziplock.

Rog, I will email her.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 01, 2011, 08:09:08 AM
Rode to work today, 1:20 and very humid.  It was pretty quiet on the roads at 5:30am though.  Calling for severe t-storms on the way home, that will suck.
THis is the first I've seen of this thread, don't venture out of the racing forum much.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 01, 2011, 08:51:33 AM
WC, check the whole place out. I'd say that with the exception of a few very obvious threads, the signal to noise ratio here is very, very high.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 01, 2011, 10:32:09 AM
Just noticed this thread too!

Nice ride into work today - 17 miles and around 55 minutes to get in. Slight tailwind the whole way in, but supposed to be quite breezy for the ride home. Don't care though as I'll be on a bike and not driving. Lots of bikes in the rack this morning too; bike commuting is definitely up this year.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 01, 2011, 01:58:40 PM
There was a little accident next to the MUP yesterday that closed it down, roped off with crime scene tape. This line hauls freight and Amtrak between Springfield and the Canadian border.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/trainwreck.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on June 01, 2011, 02:01:04 PM
All my fair weather friends were out today. 5 times the bikes as I normally see, as summer seemed to start yesterday around here. I'm OK with that.
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Post by: LAJ on June 01, 2011, 02:01:59 PM
Whoa.  Nice picture shovelhd!
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Post by: RUOkie on June 01, 2011, 04:47:33 PM
There was a little accident next to the MUP yesterday that closed it down, roped off with crime scene tape. This line hauls freight and Amtrak between Springfield and the Canadian border.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/trainwreck.jpg)

little?   :o
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 08, 2011, 08:32:09 AM
Built up a new madone last night, maiden voyage was this morning, it was a beautiful morning and the commute was great until I was pulling up to a red light about 3 miles from work and some idiot rode up my rear and blasted away on the horn while yapping on the cell phone.  Words were exchanged, f bombs dropped and I ended up spitting on their windshield. 
I am ashamed I stooped to that level and I wish I didn't, I was so enraged that they would feel the need to ride up on my ass like that and scare the crap out of me while we were pulling up to a red light.  The road I was on is a designated bike route in PA, so it's not like bikes aren't always on there.  Totally ruined a beautiful commute on the new bike.
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Post by: shovelhd on June 08, 2011, 08:49:34 AM
I feel your pain, WC. I had an older gent (older than me, at least) wail on the horn behind me yesterday. He was in a hybrid so I didn't hear him coming. There was absolutely no reason for it. I was a good foot over the white line on the gutter side just rolling along. It scared the crap out of me.

Congrats on the new bike. I hope you enjoy it.

I test rode the new race wheels on my commute yesterday. I miss the power meter but man, what a difference losing the weight makes. It handles like a track bike now. No commute today as I'm racing tonight. Then it's back to the Powertap wheels except on race days.
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Post by: rog on June 08, 2011, 10:29:01 AM
What kind of wheels, shovel?
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Post by: makel on June 08, 2011, 10:38:02 AM
Built up a new madone last night, maiden voyage was this morning, it was a beautiful morning and the commute was great until I was pulling up to a red light about 3 miles from work and some idiot rode up my rear and blasted away on the horn while yapping on the cell phone.  Words were exchanged, f bombs dropped and I ended up spitting on their windshield. 
I am ashamed I stooped to that level and I wish I didn't, I was so enraged that they would feel the need to ride up on my ass like that and scare the crap out of me while we were pulling up to a red light.  The road I was on is a designated bike route in PA, so it's not like bikes aren't always on there.  Totally ruined a beautiful commute on the new bike.

it happens :)

i made the mistake of cussing at someone in my neighborhood recently  :facepalm:
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Post by: rog on June 08, 2011, 10:45:21 AM
Built up a new madone last night, maiden voyage was this morning, it was a beautiful morning and the commute was great until I was pulling up to a red light about 3 miles from work and some idiot rode up my rear and blasted away on the horn while yapping on the cell phone.  Words were exchanged, f bombs dropped and I ended up spitting on their windshield. 
I am ashamed I stooped to that level and I wish I didn't, I was so enraged that they would feel the need to ride up on my ass like that and scare the crap out of me while we were pulling up to a red light.  The road I was on is a designated bike route in PA, so it's not like bikes aren't always on there.  Totally ruined a beautiful commute on the new bike.


I find it astonishing that these guys don't realize something; something which I pointed out in a recent blog, and that the CEO of Trek recently pointed out as well. If I'm on my bike...I'M NOT IN A CAR! And I will without a doubt slow you down more if I'm in a car, than if I'm on a bike. I will be in your way longer, I might even be the reason you have to sit at a light for one more cycle. That will never happen when I'm on a bike...the road will be clearer. How is that not a good thing?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 08, 2011, 12:27:14 PM
Well unfortunately I am in the school of most people have no common sense and they don't realize we are making the roads better for them.  The light was also at the bottom of a long downhill, I looked back a few times and saw the car, it wasn't even close.  I was stopped then they pulled up behind me, honked and scared the crap out of me.


I often get in "discussions" about why I don't ride on the sidewalk. 


Yes shovel, what race wheels did you get?


I built up a new madone 4.5 which will replace my CAAD9 as my 2nd bike, I do have a 2010 madone 5.5 when they were mase in the usa.  The 11 4.5 made in Asia is listed at $2100 at my shop sponsor, they gave me an incredible deal and after I sell my CAAD and the 105 group that came on the 4.5, the out of pocket cost to me will be very minimal.


If anyone is looking for a CAAD9 with Sram force, size 56 or a brand new 105 black grouppo with R600 compact cranks let me know and I will sell for a great price. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 08, 2011, 12:36:03 PM
What kind of wheels, shovel?

Nothing fancy, Mavic Ksyrium Elite. It's all I can afford right now as I'm working on a cross bike for the August club camp/clinic. They are bottom end race wheels, but at 1550g and $385 to my door, they're at least a pound lighter than the Powertap set. They'll have to do. I shod them with Continental GP4000s'. I have latex tubes and titanium skewers on the way.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on June 08, 2011, 02:10:57 PM
To be honest, there are enough people in cars that are jerks, that my day is made when one is pissed off at me. I don't run lights, or ride in the middle of the road, or anything to intentionally get them cranky, so when they do get pissed, it's all on them. I will talk back to them, but they tend to get even more pissed when I talk in a normal tone, and don't get in a shouting match with them.


 If they get too aggressive, I get their plate number, and find out where they live.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 08, 2011, 03:32:40 PM
Nothing fancy, Mavic Ksyrium Elite. It's all I can afford right now as I'm working on a cross bike for the August club camp/clinic. They are bottom end race wheels, but at 1550g and $385 to my door, they're at least a pound lighter than the Powertap set. They'll have to do. I shod them with Continental GP4000s'. I have latex tubes and titanium skewers on the way.
Those are just fine for racing, both of my sets of race wheels are right around 1500 as well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on June 08, 2011, 06:53:39 PM
To be honest, there are enough people in cars that are jerks, that my day is made when one is pissed off at me. I don't run lights, or ride in the middle of the road, or anything to intentionally get them cranky, so when they do get pissed, it's all on them. I will talk back to them, but they tend to get even more pissed when I talk in a normal tone, and don't get in a shouting match with them.


 If they get too aggressive, I get their plate number, and find out where they live.


 :lol: :lol: :D :lol: :D :D :lol: :lol: :D :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 08, 2011, 07:56:42 PM
The ride home was incident free :thumbsup:  but hot as hell, 104 heat index.  The wife had setup the kiddie pool and the girls were in there, I got off the bike and straight into the freezing kiddie pool, ah!!!!!!!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 08, 2011, 11:07:20 PM
Nice!! Some shots of you in your kit in the kiddie pool would be killer.
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Post by: WCroadie on June 09, 2011, 08:50:54 AM
Ha ha, I thought about asking my wife to take a pic or two but I was too damn hot to care.  Next time.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 23, 2011, 08:45:21 AM
Beautiful ride to work this morning, a bit humid but a beautiful morning.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 28, 2011, 02:32:25 PM
It rains every night, leaving a cloud cover in the morning, and it smells rotten. No way could I ever live in a humid climate, even though we seem to be becoming one here. The high desert doesn't seem to be a desert lately.


Commuting by bike in rain is still better than driving my truck to work in the sun. Been riding the Schwinn, and it is still as great as ever.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: makel on August 02, 2011, 03:17:54 AM
How far do you guys commute daily?
 
 
I don't think I could ride my bike to work, I work in the not so good part of the city and at night.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 02, 2011, 07:55:23 AM
Straight point-to-point on the back roads is about 11 miles. A short detour gets me 14. It's easy to extend it to 30, so I usually get between  22-45 miles that day. When the clocks fall back, I ride in the dark using a good, strong handlebar mounted lamp as well as a helmet lamp and a taillight that runs off of the headlamp.

Riding at night takes some getting used to. It helps if you know the roads well enough to avoid the hazards. You have to be hyper-aware of what is around you. You live in the city, but in general drivers do not expect bicycles on the road after dark. They will either blow by you ignoring you or be dangerously cautious when they come upon you. The better lit you are, the better off you are. More than once I had drivers roll up to me to ask me what lights I was running because they could see me from a long ways away.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 02, 2011, 02:02:03 PM
 My ride is right at 10 miles (9.88), and I cross 2 rivers, so there are some peaks and valleys in there. If I choose to do some hill work, there are a couple kickers I can do as a repeat.


 I almost feel safer at night because of the lights I run. Blinky on the helmet, and two on the bars. I did purchase a Magicshine 1400, that looks like I am coming in for a landing when I have it on high. That will be put into use when the darkness arrives, and I am looking forward to it. Flashing tail light, and flashing armbands to complete the wardrobe.


 How was my commute today you ask? Second time I have seen this fellow.... He is walking his little toy dog of some sort, and he must have a special dog walking outfit, because he was wearing it again today.


 Yellow V-Neck long sleeve sweater, leotard looking things with the sweater tucked in, and very pointy black ladies shoes, with no socks. (Pumps,I think) First time I wasn't sure, so today I had to slow down and get a much better look, hence the detailed description.


 nttiawwt


 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 10, 2011, 07:53:38 AM
My commute is 22 miles each way, rolling with 2 decent climbs.  I usually start commuting in March and go through until October, like shovel, I have to ride in the dark, I use a minewt bar mounted light.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 10, 2011, 08:21:38 AM
Been a while since I've had to use a headlight, but I left early enough today to require the Magicshine. Nice morning though and the coolest in a long while. Had to throw on a long sleeve baselayer under the jersey. Actually felt nice to have the cooler morning.

Uneventful 17 miles in to work save for some dumbass motorist passing me and running an oncoming cyclist off the road. She was pissed (pretty attractive too). Guess he was in too much of a hurry to wait 5 seconds on a completely dead road in the middle of nowhere. That was one of maybe 5-6 cars that passed me the whole ride in.

(note to self to post in this thread more)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on August 10, 2011, 11:58:16 AM
My new office has semi-secure bike parking in the garage and a free gym w/ showers right next to it.  May be back into bike commuting soon!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 10, 2011, 03:43:00 PM
Lucky you, Quel. I'd kill for a shower.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 10, 2011, 04:39:09 PM
Lucky you, Quel. I'd kill for a shower.

We've been meaning to talk to you about that... :P
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Post by: shovelhd on August 10, 2011, 09:33:57 PM
Busted.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 11, 2011, 08:08:10 AM
We installed a shower in the new warehouse down the street but I am not allowed to use it cause the COO is better then everyone else, or so he thinks.


Pleasant ride in this morning, I was actually a bit cold for the first 40 minutes or so.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 11, 2011, 09:38:33 AM
It was cool up here, 59 degrees. Not yet leg warmer temps.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 11, 2011, 10:13:44 AM
Cool here too. Upper 40s this morning and with some fog in the low areas it felt pretty chilly for some parts of the ride in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 11, 2011, 10:15:45 AM
We installed a shower in the new warehouse down the street but I am not allowed to use it cause the COO is better then everyone else, or so he thinks.



Sabotage. Ever see Private Benjamin?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 11, 2011, 10:18:28 AM
I've been thinking about riding my bike to school lately, which I've not attempted before solely because I assumed I would have to take a major highway at least part of the way. But I entered it into Google maps, which gave me a great route, so I'll be trying it out tomorrow. Funny thing though - GM said it was 12.1 miles. Estimated time? One hour and ten minutes.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 11, 2011, 10:22:26 AM
More like 45-50 minutes.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 11, 2011, 12:40:34 PM

Sabotage. Ever see Private Benjamin?
Man, you really are old!
 
 
(so am I)
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Post by: rog on August 11, 2011, 01:39:15 PM
Correct.
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Post by: shovelhd on August 12, 2011, 08:14:18 AM
I had to don leg warmers this morning for the ride in. A groggy yellow jacket was stuck in my helmet for a few miles and fell out when I took it off. Signs of the end of summer.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 12, 2011, 08:37:48 AM
I had to use knee and arm warms this morning as it was 56 when I headed out, I didn't ride to work but did a little 1hr loop before work.


Last night I left work later then normal, the sun was dipping down low when I was nearing my house and you could definitely feel the difference in the air.  Yes summer is coming to an end.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 12, 2011, 08:50:37 AM
I had to don leg warmers this morning for the ride in. A groggy yellow jacket was stuck in my helmet for a few miles and fell out when I took it off. Signs of the end of summer.


I'm not sure we're there yet; we're not even halfway through August. Hope so, though.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 12, 2011, 08:51:40 AM
It was 54 degrees when I left. Not quite arm warmer temps for me but a SS base layer was mandatory.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 12, 2011, 09:30:09 AM
Do you not always wear a baselayer?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 12, 2011, 09:48:15 AM
Always when racing, not always when riding.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 12, 2011, 09:53:49 AM
I don't always wear a baselayer, yesterday was the first time since probably the end of may.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 16, 2011, 08:05:47 AM
Beautiful morning for a ride into work, a bit breezy but the sun was trying to peak through the clouds, no a-hole drivers. I just enjoyed the ride and reflected on different parts of my life.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 16, 2011, 08:24:52 AM
I just enjoyed the ride and reflected on different parts of my life.

My favorite aspect of commuting. 100% alone time. I get a lot of mental work done.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 16, 2011, 11:07:23 AM
I do a lot of solo training so on easy days I do a lot of soul searching, one of the aspects of cycling which I enjoy most.  It's my therapy.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 16, 2011, 11:09:22 AM
My favorite aspect of commuting. 100% alone time. I get a lot of mental work done.

x10000000

This morning's ride was great for that. So was yesterday's commute...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 16, 2011, 09:49:40 PM
Today was the perfect commute both to and from work, beautiful weather and not even 1 interaction with a motorist, it was like I was the only one on the roads today.  As I was a few miles from my house and realizing the possibility of the perfect commute becoming a reality, I started commentatinging about it to myself in my best Phil and Paul impersonation: 
"Can it be Paul?  Will this finally be the perfect commute WC Roadie has been after for the past few years?"


"Phil he is 2k for realizing his dream of the perfect commute!"


"I believe he's done it Paul, 1k to go and no one's gonna ruin it now, he's off the main roads and into his neighborhood"


"This is it, he's on his street, zipping up as he approaches his driveway, if only his wife and kids were home to witness such a feat, tears in his eyes, arms raised, he's done it, THE PERFECT COMMUTE!"
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Post by: LAJ on August 16, 2011, 10:08:39 PM
Today was the perfect commute both to and from work, beautiful weather and not even 1 interaction with a motorist, it was like I was the only one on the roads today.  As I was a few miles from my house and realizing the possibility of the perfect commute becoming a reality, I started commentatinging about it to myself in my best Phil and Paul impersonation: 
"Can it be Paul?  Will this finally be the perfect commute WC Roadie has been after for the past few years?"


"Phil he is 2k for realizing his dream of the perfect commute!"


"I believe he's done it Paul, 1k to go and no one's gonna ruin it now, he's off the main roads and into his neighborhood"


"This is it, he's on his street, zipping up as he approaches his driveway, if only his wife and kids were home to witness such a feat, tears in his eyes, arms raised, he's done it, THE PERFECT COMMUTE!"


Did you at least dance on the pedals?


The perfect commute is a thing of beauty, and it's good you got that today.


The commute home for me was in the slop after a rain. I drafted a minivan for a bit, and didn't realize how filthy I got. Wife asked what in the world happened. Bike is clean, and so am I. Ready for tomorrow.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 17, 2011, 08:38:26 AM
I started by turning the pedals in anger, then I was dancing on them as the dream became reality.  No rain or slop for me!  A clean bike is a happy bike, enjoy your ride today.


This morning was another good commute but leaving late led to more traffic, good but not perfect.  Calling for rain tomorrow which may jeopardize my 3 in a row commute.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 17, 2011, 08:53:07 AM
Sounds like a nice ride, WC.

Today it was 58 degrees with pea soup fog for most of the ride in. I had my little Knog blinkies on the whole time, and had to stop and wipe off the glasses more than once. After racing the night before, I usually take it easy the next morning, but I felt pretty good so I laid some power down and turned it into a short training run.
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Post by: WCroadie on August 17, 2011, 09:09:47 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: alexvpaq on August 30, 2011, 09:37:32 AM
my commute went wrong and bad, brake died while going down a small hill... Had to brake with my feet. I went back home and picked the car instead... My legs were shaky. I'm changing these brakes ASAP.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 30, 2011, 11:36:34 AM



 How was my commute today you ask? Second time I have seen this fellow.... He is walking his little toy dog of some sort, and he must have a special dog walking outfit, because he was wearing it again today.


 Yellow V-Neck long sleeve sweater, leotard looking things with the sweater tucked in, and very pointy black ladies shoes, with no socks. (Pumps,I think) First time I wasn't sure, so today I had to slow down and get a much better look, hence the detailed description.


 nttiawwt


 It is starting to get cool in the morning, and dawn is just thinking about breaking when I leave. I have the Blackburn Flea's mounted, and set to blink, along with the tail light.


 The above fellow has changed his wardrobe a bit. Instead of a yellow sweater, he has changed it to grey. Must be in anticipation of the days ahead, as everyone knows you do not wear yellow after Labor Day.
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Post by: rog on August 30, 2011, 11:46:15 AM
I thought it was white??
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 30, 2011, 11:56:23 AM
I thought it was white??


Huh. I thought it was all pale shades of color.


Guess that's why I don't walk my dog in leotards n stuff.....
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 30, 2011, 11:58:14 AM
Maybe you should!!
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Post by: LAJ on August 30, 2011, 12:04:33 PM
 :picard:
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Post by: rog on August 30, 2011, 12:18:54 PM
And video, please, if possible. Seriously.
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Post by: LAJ on August 30, 2011, 12:30:13 PM
I don't want to be banned from the whole World Wide Web.
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Post by: rog on August 30, 2011, 12:38:34 PM
 :D
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Post by: shovelhd on August 30, 2011, 12:44:24 PM
I'm going to have to buy a replacement battery for my Magicshine lamps as the geomangear recall is taking forever. It is getting dark and chilly in the morning up here. I have a 200 lumen helmet lamp but that's not enough. Both bikes have Knog Beetles, white front, red rear, but I really want the Magicshine F/R ASAP.

No commute today. Racing the last Rent crit of 2011 tonight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 31, 2011, 10:16:31 AM
my commute went wrong and bad, brake died while going down a small hill... Had to brake with my feet. I went back home and picked the car instead... My legs were shaky. I'm changing these brakes ASAP.
Glad you weren't hurt, could have ended badly.  How did the brakes fail?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on August 31, 2011, 12:59:05 PM
Finally got all the parts set up for my bike, taking longer than expected (crap like BB tools for square taper, spacers because my FD was for a larger tube size, etc).  And the gym is flooded out from Irene and not open ("indefinitely", but probably means another week?), so I can't shower.  One of these days I'll be back at it.   :banghead:   
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 31, 2011, 03:47:39 PM
You don't need to shower, all you need is a fan, baby wipes and deodorant.  Any a private area to change in/let the fan dry up the sweat before you put your clothes on.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 31, 2011, 04:05:58 PM
You don't need to shower, all you need is a fan, baby wipes and deodorant.  Any a private area to change in/let the fan dry up the sweat before you put your clothes on.

I have a towel that I bring home with the dirty clothes, plus all the stuff you listed.

My commute was very nice today, although arm warmers were needed. I will have a loaded backpack on the way home so it will be an easy go.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 01, 2011, 09:51:05 AM
Oh yeah I forgot about the towel.


I went out for 1.5hrs before work, needed arm warmers down here too.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 01, 2011, 11:36:53 AM
Was planning on it today, but thick fog made me jump in the car. Had to slow down in a few spots during the drive in, couldn't see far at all. Glad I wasn't on the bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 01, 2011, 12:09:01 PM
No commute today. Last Thursday night club ride this afternoon, and I'm going to do it on the CX bike just for the agony of it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dizzy on September 07, 2011, 05:51:58 PM
I typically ride my bike to work twice a week.  So today was no different other then I didn't get much sleep last night, it was too hot.  I don't have air conditioning ...  :(
Anyway, So at work we have showers (huge benefit) and so I was showering away, get out and start to get dressed for the day.  I FORGOT MY PANTS!!!!   :facepalm:  So my options were to sit in sweaty wet cycling shorts or cycle all the way home to get paints...

I went home got my pants, took another shower then drove my car to work... late.

Yup...  show me your facepalms.... 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: MidgetMaestro on September 07, 2011, 06:06:10 PM
I typically ride my bike to work twice a week.  So today was no different other then I didn't get much sleep last night, it was too hot.  I don't have air conditioning ...  :(
Anyway, So at work we have showers (huge benefit) and so I was showering away, get out and start to get dressed for the day.  I FORGOT MY PANTS!!!!   :facepalm:  So my options were to sit in sweaty wet cycling shorts or cycle all the way home to get paints...

I went home got my pants, took another shower then drove my car to work... late.

Yup...  show me your facepalms....

That seems to happen to everyone at least once (much like forgetting shoes for the group ride)...bet you'll never make that mistake again :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 07, 2011, 06:08:02 PM
I've forgotten my drawers, but never my pants.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 09, 2011, 08:08:59 AM
65 degrees with oppressive humidity on the way in this morning. I had the power meter on board. My right knee is a little bit balky but other than that, the rest week has done its job and things are looking good for this weekend's championships.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 16, 2011, 01:10:25 PM
Two days ago it was 82 degrees. This morning it was 42 degrees at the start. Bibs, tights, shoe covers, LS base layer, SS jersey, LS jersey, winter gloves. I was on the brakes down the hills. Sheesh.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on September 16, 2011, 02:04:35 PM
Bout the same as shovelhd. Fog was as pea soup as I have ever seen it here. Glad I keep my lights on the bike, no matter if it's light or dark on my commute.


I kind of liked it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 20, 2011, 09:16:23 AM
Wet. I thought I'd be able to dodge the rain but it started as soon as I got to the end of my street. Oh well. At least it was warm. The LGclear  rain jacket and booties kept me warm and reasonably dry, plus I had a cover on the rack pack. I've come to like LG products. Good stuff for the money.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 28, 2011, 07:59:20 PM
This has been an exceptional commuting week for the end of September. Hot, humid, lots of sunshine.

Today on my way home I met up with a moron driver who just happened to be a cyclist.

My typical route takes me mostly on narrow back roads, but this is a pretty cycling friendly area except for rush hour and when loud pickup trucks are involved. Anyway, the route has several pinch points; three single lane underpasses and a single lane bridge. I always check my six well before I'm near them and take the lane. Lately I have had my 2W blinker on for both legs, and the headlamp on in the AM and on strobe in the PM.

So my last pinch point on the way home is a single lane underpass on a 5% grade that leads to an 11% grade. I usually back off and let the cars on my side go past, waving them through if needed. Today I waved two cars through and noticed that there was a third a little farther back. After the second car I took the lane and started through the underpass when car #3 came right up on my butt and was trying to pass. I look back at the idiot and yell "hey hey hey" while moving to the right to let him by. So he slows down, rolls down his passenger window, and the conversation goes something like this. Mind you I am on an 11% grade at this point.

Him: "Really?"
Me: "It's a single lane back there."
Him: "There was plenty of room for both of us."
Me: "It's a single lane. Please be careful."
Him: "I ride my bike through there all the time with a car next to me."
Me: "It's a single lane back there. Please be careful. Thank you."

<muttering> friggin idiot is a statistic waiting to be recorded
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on September 28, 2011, 08:58:13 PM
well done shovel.  good rule of thumb:  If you don't think you have enough room on the shoulder, take the lane and don't worry about the *******s.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 30, 2011, 08:39:32 AM
I never understand how people will take unnecessary risks instead of waiting 5 seconds.  Even if there was enough room, especially since he claims to be a fellow cyclist, why wouldn't he just give you plenty of space?


Unfortunately I find the month of September to be the worst time to commute because everyone is back from vacation, school has started and people are crazy and in a rush, I haven't ridden to work in weeks cause I don't want to risk it.  Plus the weather here has been less then ideal for riding bikes.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 30, 2011, 11:10:16 AM
I hear ya. There are five colleges in my area and it does get nuts when they come back to school. Summertime is so nice and quiet. This guy was young too. He seemed to be grad student age.

It was a little wet and drizzly and 54 degrees this morning. I had the headlamp on high and needed it. I took a little lowside coming off the MUP when my front wheel washed out on top of wet leaves on mud but I felt it coming, unclipped my left pedal and was able to break the fall. No damage to me or the bike at all.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 06, 2011, 01:23:57 PM
Friggin' cold for early October. I used my Cannondale Carbon winter tights. Fredly, but they work well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 06, 2011, 07:04:07 PM
I got passed today on the MUP.

By a motorcycle.

WTF.

A shot of my morning ride. Cue the foghorn.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/commute.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on October 06, 2011, 08:05:12 PM
Friggin' cold for early October. I used my Cannondale Carbon winter tights. Fredly, but they work well.


While we're on the topic, I'm on the lookout for some windproof tights. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 06, 2011, 08:26:49 PM
That's what those Cannondales are, except they are not coated at the knees. I'm not thrilled with them but for the $35 I paid for them they're heavier than plain Lycra, and the coated fabric on the butt at calves are great for keeping the winter slop off.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on October 07, 2011, 07:10:03 PM

While we're on the topic, I'm on the lookout for some windproof tights. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?


I have performance triflex tights that have been good down to 19.  im sure they would be fine for lower temps.  gets to be a little much around 50
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 08, 2011, 09:34:55 AM
I haven't had any news to report, as far as my commute goes. 10 miles there, 10 miles home. My Magicshine 1400 is all that, and that's only 3 of the 7 lights I wear. I think I feel better riding in the dark than the daytime. I did have a tailwind  the last 2 days on the way home for a change, and it was delightful. PR for me!

 I wear Paradox stuff from Costco. When I got back on the bike, I didn't know if, how long, etc... So, I went cheap. These work remarkably well, and I have worn them down to single digits. They're called baselayers, but I just pull em on over my bike shorts. They do run big though. I wear a medium in everything, but I think I could go small in these. The same goes with the tops.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 10, 2011, 08:53:53 AM
With incredible Fall weather I could not resist a ride to work this morning, half of in was in the dark, I use a Minewt Led for a headlight and a Blackburn Flea for a tail light, I'm beginning to think I need a better tail light, what do you commuting guru's recommend?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 10, 2011, 09:31:13 AM
I have the Magicshine front and rear with a third party non-exploding battery on my commuter rig. If I had to get a self-contained taillight I'd get the Planet Bike or Dinotte. I have a Blackburn Mars 4.0 for when I take the road bike. It's good, but not that good.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 10, 2011, 09:32:54 AM
One on my left arm, one on my left leg. The arm set to flash, the leg one on steady.

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3030.html (http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3030.html)

Tail light, though I have an earlier version. Super bright on flash mode.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1030698_-1_1588500_20000_400159 (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1030698_-1_1588500_20000_400159)

This goes on my helmet in flash mode.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1103055_-1_1604509_20000_400158 (http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1103055_-1_1604509_20000_400158)

Headlight.

http://www.amazon.com/MagicShine-MJ-816-1400-Lumen-Light/dp/B004QNZKE8 (http://www.amazon.com/MagicShine-MJ-816-1400-Lumen-Light/dp/B004QNZKE8)



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 10, 2011, 09:50:58 AM
The minewt does the job for a headlight, the flea is OK but I am still nervous on a morning like today when it was real dark when I left.  I do like the fact that both the minewt and flea are usb chargeable.


Those BRT straps looks like they might be a nice addition though, thanks.  As does that magic shine MJ-818, thanks guys.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 10, 2011, 04:39:23 PM
Understood on the Flea. I strictly use that as a flashing attention-grabber.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 10, 2011, 07:31:46 PM
I have Knog Beetles for flashing attention getters.

The ride in this morning was chilly but refreshing. The way home was quite warm. A couple of miles in and I started having moderate to severe right knee pain. I adjusted the saddle height a mm at a time and most of it went away, but this is getting ridiculous. I need to get to the bottom of this crap. So I took the Redline down into my shop and measured the distance between the pedal shaft and the rear rim. I did the same on the Felt.Tthe difference was 3mm on each side, with the Felt *narrower* than the Redline, which has BB30. That surprised me, as BB30 is supposed to have a smaller Q-factor, but in my case it didn't. Next I measured the Speedplay axle and the Eggbeater axle. They were the same length, so I decided to put the Eggbeaters back on and work on my Specialized Comp MTB shoes, since these are the shoes I want to be riding this bike with. I marked the cleats where my fitter set them. Then I removed the plastic base plate, which I figured would give me more wiggle room. It did. Then I pushed the cleat outboard as far as it would go, and adjusted the splay on the right pedal to accommodate my messed up right foot which splays outward. I didn't take it for a ride, but I carry a 4mm wrench with me anyway and will adjust it on the fly if needed. I decided to take the Felt to work tomorrow using the helmet lamp and battery flasher just to give my knees a break. I did 110 miles this weekend on the Felt with no knee issues at all. At least I have one bike set up correctly. Meanwhile, my new road shoes are sitting on the shelf until I get this sorted out.

Whew.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 10, 2011, 08:53:26 PM
I have Knog Beetles for flashing attention getters.

The ride in this morning was chilly but refreshing. The way home was quite warm. A couple of miles in and I started having moderate to severe right knee pain. I adjusted the saddle height a mm at a time and most of it went away, but this is getting ridiculous. I need to get to the bottom of this crap. So I took the Redline down into my shop and measured the distance between the pedal shaft and the rear rim. I did the same on the Felt.Tthe difference was 3mm on each side, with the Felt *narrower* than the Redline, which has BB30. That surprised me, as BB30 is supposed to have a smaller Q-factor, but in my case it didn't. Next I measured the Speedplay axle and the Eggbeater axle. They were the same length, so I decided to put the Eggbeaters back on and work on my Specialized Comp MTB shoes, since these are the shoes I want to be riding this bike with. I marked the cleats where my fitter set them. Then I removed the plastic base plate, which I figured would give me more wiggle room. It did. Then I pushed the cleat outboard as far as it would go, and adjusted the splay on the right pedal to accommodate my messed up right foot which splays outward. I didn't take it for a ride, but I carry a 4mm wrench with me anyway and will adjust it on the fly if needed. I decided to take the Felt to work tomorrow using the helmet lamp and battery flasher just to give my knees a break. I did 110 miles this weekend on the Felt with no knee issues at all. At least I have one bike set up correctly. Meanwhile, my new road shoes are sitting on the shelf until I get this sorted out.

Whew.
tl/dr   ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 10, 2011, 09:25:23 PM
Docs. They never listen to you. They've already got you diagnosed and billed the minute you step in the door. Why bother.

 ;)


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 11, 2011, 12:40:49 PM
That sucks you are going though that shovel but IMHO you are heading the right direct towards solving it.  I hate when things are "not right" on your bike, when I had a CAAD9 as a backup bike I was constantly adjusting things, could never get it dialed in right, which is why I finally decided to sell it and get another Trek as a backup bike.  Thankfully it only cost me ~ $250 out of pocket once I sold the CAAD and the 105 group that came on the Trek.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 11, 2011, 01:20:41 PM
WC, hopefully I'm not headed down that road, but I won't let this go on forever even if it means I's have to cut my commuting season short. You've got me thinking, though, about a low end Felt for a dedicated commuter bike. Thanks, bud. Thanks a lot.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 11, 2011, 02:03:24 PM
Docs. They never listen to you. They've already got you diagnosed and billed the minute you step in the door. Why bother.

 ;)
:lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 25, 2011, 11:04:22 PM
The winter is here. This morning I rode to work in warmer temps than when I rode home. I knew I was rolling the dice, and I missed it by half an hour.... Either way, I made it home. 40's and sleet, but that's OK. That's why my old cruiser has fenders.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 26, 2011, 07:57:58 AM
I put fenders on the Redline in the anticipation of riding it in to work today, but I wimped out. 39 degrees and rain. Tomorrow is a washout with snow in the hills. Friday looks good.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dizzy on October 26, 2011, 06:33:41 PM
I put fenders on the Redline in the anticipation of riding it in to work today, but I wimped out. 39 degrees and rain. Tomorrow is a washout with snow in the hills. Friday looks good.

I almost didn't ride in to work today... it was almost down into the 50s here.  Good thing it was hovering just above, 61.  No rain either....  there were some threatening looking clouds.  Does that count?

Yes we have the weather here but we have to put up with Lindsay Lohan so it is a draw. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 14, 2011, 09:52:42 AM
Did my first commute to work in forever today. Finally got some commute/winter riding wheels/tires lined out w/ some old Aksium Race wheels + Gatorskin 25mms. 12.5 mile ride, no big deal. Weather was nice, 67 degrees at departure. The ride was into a pretty strong headwind and I was trying to get here by a certain time so I did work up a lil sweat. A VeloShine wipe helped me clean up a bit. Riding into work sure makes me in a better mood and not as pissed off about being here on a Monday morning. =]
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 14, 2011, 10:36:52 AM
Excellent, Seth!! I have Aksium Race and Zaffiro 25mm on the Redline.

I won't know until the end of the week for sure, but I think I've dialed in the fit on the Redline. I installed a 130mm stem on it and that changed the fit considerably for the better. We shall see.

It was a nice ride in this morning, 48 degrees and very little wind. Unseasonably high for this time of year. I'll be dodging the rain throughout the week but I might be able to get most days in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on November 21, 2011, 08:49:20 AM
You guys still commuting make me very jealous.  The low sun in the evening kills my chances of commuting, I ride west and driving at 4-4:30 the sun is blinding, I don't want to take the chance of getting creamed by a driver who can see.


Seth, yes commuting to work just makes the day a tad better.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 21, 2011, 10:48:03 AM
Seth, yes commuting to work just makes the day a tad better.
It mostly makes me feel slightly superior to everyone else who did not commute to work via bicycle, if I'm being honest.

I really want to give it a go this week. Did 4 CX races this weekend and am totally spent so I need some chill miles to make my legs my friend again - commuting may just be the answer. Next non-rainy day appears to be Wednesday, perhaps.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on November 21, 2011, 01:00:21 PM
I feel better about myself, not necessarily superior but I know what you mean.  It's funny to see the reactions of my do-workers when they find out I ride to work. 
Them: "How far away do you live?"
Me: "22 miles"
Them: "You ride your bike 22 miles, then have to ride home after work?'
Me: "Yup!"


4 CX races in 2 days is badass, nicely done.  I bet you are sore!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 21, 2011, 02:50:59 PM
I feel better about myself, not necessarily superior but I know what you mean.  It's funny to see the reactions of my do-workers when they find out I ride to work. 
Them: "How far away do you live?"
Me: "22 miles"
Them: "You ride your bike 22 miles, then have to ride home after work?'
Me: "Yup!"


4 CX races in 2 days is badass, nicely done.  I bet you are sore!
Yeah, maybe superior isn't really right.

And.. I am including a CX race on Friday night in that calculation, so 4 races in 3 days. Not quite as badass, but still considerably sore today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 21, 2011, 03:04:02 PM
No commuting this week, I have it off.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 23, 2011, 10:20:04 AM
That may have been one of the coldest rides I've done.

Went back and forth about even riding in this morning. It was pretty foggy out, but as I waffled back and forth it started letting up a bit so I went for it. Only hit a few bad sections of fog on the way and didn't die so it was a success.

I think I need more gear if I am going to ride in ~30 degrees or slightly below. Here's what I rolled w/ today.. Craft LS base layer, Woolie Boolie socks, Craft knee warmers, regular team bibs, regular team ss jersey, arm warmers, cotton cap, PI Cyclone gloves (fingers were frozen upon arrival) and that was it. I should probably invest in some leg warmers or full tights or something. Also could use something that covers the ears, just not sure what.

Anyhow the ride went well, started out super cool. It was 29 when I left home and 32 degrees by the time I arrived at work. Little to no wind this morning (awesome). Not a ton of traffic out this morning, I suspect due to the holidays a lot of folks were not heading to work which was nice for me. Managed to complete the 12.5 mile commute in 41 minutes which is a new record, but that's mostly because I was freezing and wanted to get here asap. Even ran a few vacant lights.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 23, 2011, 11:50:47 AM
caveat: I'm old, have no body fat, and live in New England.

I would have been frozen solid in that setup.

Here's a short description of what I use for commuting in colder temps. My commuting shoes are Specialized Comp MTB.

50-55 degrees: leg warmers or knee warmers, bibs, thin wool or synthetic socks, SS base layer, arm warmers, SS jersey, full finger summer gloves
45-50 degrees: basic LG lycra tights, bibs, thin wool socks, neoprene booties, either LS base layer and SS jersey or SS base layer and LS jersey, full finger fleece gloves
40-45 degrees: basic LG lycra tights, thin wool socks, neoprene booties, SS base layer, LS jersey, PI wind vest, Craft lobster claw gloves
35-40 degrees: basic LG lycra tights, thick wool socks, neoprene booties, SS base layer, summer SS jersey, LS jersey, PI wind vest, Craft lobster claw gloves
30-35 degrees: Cannondale Max thermal tights, thick wool socks, neoprene booties, SS base layer, fall SS jersey, LS jersey, PI wind vest, Craft lobster claw gloves
below 30 degrees: Cannondale Max thermal tights, thick wool socks, neoprene booties, LS base layer, SS jersey, LS jersey, PI wind vest, craft lobster claw gloves

A lot of this depends on the wind and especially the humidity. When the cold is biting it can make the effective temperature 5-8 degrees lower for your body. It permeates your clothing and attacks the core. I would rather be overdressed and stop to remove something than ride with a cold core, which affects my extremities.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 23, 2011, 12:54:33 PM
Great info there. Thanks for sharing. If I plan to commute more often I'll definitely need to get some more gear. Those gloves look pretty ridiculous and like they would work really well all at the same time. Expensive, but I'm sure they are worth it. Not much worse than cold fingers or toes.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 23, 2011, 05:54:18 PM
I paid $45 for the Craft lobster claw gloves. You can find them on sale.

The thin wool socks I have are DeFeet Wooleator. The thick wool socks are DeFeet Blaze. I could wear those Blaze socks every day all day during the winter. Toasty warm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 29, 2011, 09:03:12 AM
I had to go back home after getting almost all the way to work today. I packed three sets of shirts and stuff but forgot my pants. What a maroon.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 29, 2011, 10:06:11 AM
That sucks shovelhd.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 29, 2011, 10:57:18 AM
I had to go back home after getting almost all the way to work today. I packed three sets of shirts and stuff but forgot my pants. What a maroon.
(http://www.lifeisajoke.com/simpsons/magnets/Doh.bmp)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on November 29, 2011, 01:01:24 PM
A page back I said I'd never forgotten my pants. Self-inflicted idiocy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on December 15, 2011, 10:45:31 AM
Finally.


It has just been brutally cold and "humid" here, the past few weeks. Between my commutes, and my weekend rides, it has just been cold on the bike. There has been fog nearly every morning, and 20 degree and below temps. Tuesday, I walked out to load my stuff on my bike, and my dog Indy, who always follows me out, slipped on the ice. I stood looking at her (she was fine) and just thinking how stinking cold it was, and went back in and changed my clothes to drive to work.


 Drove Tuesday and I had to drive yesterday, as I had a class to teach immediately after work. Up late, so I knew I was riding today, for the simple reason a sleepy LAJ is always in a better mood after commuting to work on the bike.


 It was 22, but not humid. It was nice. I was cool, but not bone chillingly cold. Did I say it was nice?


 I don't know how you folks that live in the humidity can stand it. Major props to you all.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on December 15, 2011, 10:47:37 AM
The bone chilling stuff is more unpleasant than the deep cold.

My commuting will start to ramp down soon when I start training inside in January. I'll commute on Z2 days when I can.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dizzy on December 16, 2011, 04:26:45 PM
You guys rock!  I am here in SoCal and it is too cold/dark (I can come up with more excuses if needed) for me to commute.  I am certainly not worthy to be lumped into the same category (bike commuter) as you.

I will do better next year.  Promise. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dizzy on January 05, 2012, 06:37:57 PM
Cycled into work today, first time in two months.....

It was 60 degrees when I left the house at 6:30 this morning.  I am not sure what happened but by the time I got to work the temp dropped 5 to 10 degrees.  Still a really nice commute, but it is supposed to get warmer not colder.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 05, 2012, 09:34:05 PM
I commuted on the race bike today. The weather was good, and the training plan called for 1hr endurance. Perfect.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on January 07, 2012, 07:28:36 AM
That's awesome shovel, wish I could have commuted a few times this week, but riding home 1:20 in the dark during rush hour isn't a risk I want to take.  C'mon sunlight...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 07, 2012, 07:31:13 AM
Friday's plan called for 1hr Z1. Another commute in on the race bike. I just got lucky, that's all.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on January 07, 2012, 10:52:16 AM
I got in a couple commutes this week. Weather was too nice to not do it. My commute is only about 12 miles (40-45 mins depending on traffic). Good times.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 07, 2012, 09:03:41 PM
It was really nice to be able to do a structured workout as part of the commute.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 26, 2012, 10:51:54 AM
My commute has been so tame that I have had nothing at all to report. Cold, wind, sun, just good stuff. Yesterday morning was crisp, in the high teens, then the ride home was warm, with a whack of wind. I used to detest the wind, as it made my commute harder, and longer lasting. Now, it's more the attitude of just bring it on. I can use the wind to my advantage, and work with it.


 This morning, the gates opened. Buzzed a couple times on a straight stretch, then passed an intersection, and the unmistakable sound of a wreck behind me. Classic left turn into oncoming traffic.... Oh well. Missed me.


 1/4 mile later, there is a highway off-ramp to the street, and I see a Honda that will be turning left. I always keep an eye on this, as the left turn takes folks to my lane. They end up going the same direction, and getting off I-70 and having to drive a normal speed makes people weird. This Honda was no exception. It turned left just as I was in the intersection, and took me clear to the curb. I know she saw me, so I can't explain the why of it. My interval training paid off as I was able to catch her at the light. I asked WTF she was thinking.  Straight ahead look, if I ignore the rotten cyclist, he will go away....


 Light turned green, I take off, and she flashes her brights at me for half a block.  Weird.


 2 blocks from work, a guy in an Explorer turns into a driveway 100 feet ahead of me, and head-ons an Aurora. That was loud.


 I'm happy I made it to work.
 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 26, 2012, 03:22:47 PM
Even on my back roads/MUP commute I see nutjobs like that. Ride safe.

I have not been commuting because I'm doing structured workouts at night on the trainer. This is a rest week which would have been perfect for commuting but work just would not allow it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on January 27, 2012, 12:53:20 PM
Yikes LAJ, an eventful ride to work for sure.  Get home safe!


I entertained commuting to work today, it was in the 40's when I woke up, but the pissing rain made it nearly impossible.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 27, 2012, 01:18:46 PM
 Thanks guys.

 It was a great ride home. The day at work was weird, so I was dreading it. I kept looking around for Rod Serling, or Alan Funt's evil twin.

 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on January 27, 2012, 02:18:24 PM
Did somebody show up in an Edsel?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 27, 2012, 05:48:11 PM
Did somebody show up in an Edsel?

Now that is good, shovelhd.  :)  It would have been better than the real thing, for sure!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 22, 2012, 10:02:10 AM
First commute of 2012, a bit chilly on the ride in, but great not to be driving.


The cagers were so happy to see me commuting home once again  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 28, 2012, 08:45:37 AM
A bit on the chilly side, but a nice ride in to work this morning.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on February 28, 2012, 10:52:57 PM
 Good you're commuting, WCroadie. If one actually has to go to work, I can't imagine a better way to get there.

 Actually starting to warm up here.

 Broke a hub on the way to work, which kind of sucked. Old Ultegra 6600, with a load of miles on it. 2 spoke holes cracked off. Weird. Wandered over to Performance, picked up a set of Apollo rims on special, plus the 10% off for shopping during lunch on a Tuesday. Good day for a bad thing to happen, I suppose.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 29, 2012, 09:21:37 AM
Yeah I guess if it had to happen, that was the day for your breakage.


The past 3 winters were bad here, last year I didn't even ride once outside all of January. This winter has been mild and dry so far, so I am taking full advantage.  This week is a recovery week so I should only commute once, I know weather changes 100 times, but next week looks like I should be able to get a few days commuting in.  Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 01, 2012, 10:12:31 AM
Yay, I stopped procrastinating and made a ride into work today. Nice easy 17 miles thanks to mostly tailwind. Ride home should be nice as wind speed is supposed to drop off.


Felt good, really good. Looking forward to the ride home. I missed the c'dale loaded up like it is for the commute. Smooth.


My boy enjoyed the short ride in his trailer to daycare too. He clearly likes that a lot more than the car ride :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 01, 2012, 10:59:52 AM
Yay, I stopped procrastinating and made a ride into work today. Nice easy 17 miles thanks to mostly tailwind. Ride home should be nice as wind speed is supposed to drop off.


Felt good, really good. Looking forward to the ride home. I missed the c'dale loaded up like it is for the commute. Smooth.


My boy enjoyed the short ride in his trailer to daycare too. He clearly likes that a lot more than the car ride :)


Every bit of that post is a pleasure to read.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 01, 2012, 12:20:23 PM

Every bit of that post is a pleasure to read.

+1
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 02, 2012, 10:02:18 AM
Yay, I stopped procrastinating and made a ride into work today.
My boy enjoyed the short ride in his trailer to daycare too. He clearly likes that a lot more than the car ride :)
Awesome!

My wife is going away this weekend which means I will not be able to get outside for a ride, scheduled HR TT test tomorrow which will be on a trainer anyway, so... I decided to risk it today and ride to work, it was damp and chilly on the ride in, rain is in the forecast for this evening, hoping I can make it home before a cold rain arrives, should be interesting.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 02, 2012, 07:28:30 PM
Was literally a mile from home when the rain started  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 02, 2012, 10:46:17 PM
Excellent!!!!!!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 02, 2012, 10:58:08 PM
 Half the fun of commuting this time of year is the roll of the dice regarding the weather. Good you cut it as close as you did.

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 07, 2012, 08:54:35 AM
Yeah, fun rolling the dice on weather and debating what to wear, today it was 30 when I left my house with temps expected to reach the low 60's, lighter gloves and knee warmers meant I was somewhat cold on the way in.  The sun was warm but the air was cold.

As I was riding through town, some a-hole pulled out from an alley right in front of me, I had to lock up the brakes and he stopped in the middle of the road, it was light out as the sun was already up and I still had my blinkers on, not sure how he didn't see me.  He sat there staring at me as I unleashed a barrage of 4 letter words on him and his overweight passenger.  The rest of the ride was enjoyable.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 07, 2012, 09:15:54 AM
This week is a clusterf*rk for training with a heavy load at work and tons of family stuff in the evening, when I've been doing most of my training. With clear weather predicted for the rest of the week, I decided to do my scheduled intervals on my first commuting stint of 2012, on the race bike (powermeter), with a backpack full of clothes and lunch. I did the first half set on the way in. This reminds me of back in the old days when I was fast and did two-a-days. These were VO2Max intervals, something I really need to work on. I did OK, not great, but the last one was the best. We'll see how I do with the second set on the way home, minus the lunch, but with a bigger load of dirty clothes. No TSS points for the backpack I'm afraid.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 07, 2012, 12:55:54 PM
 :thumbsup:
I hate riding with a backpack.  I have a bin I keep in my office with clothes, towel, deodorant, etc I need for my commuting needs, I bring home the dirty and exchange with clean when I drive.  Tho sometimes I've ridden to work spur of the moment and needed to use the backpack, yuck.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 07, 2012, 01:00:56 PM
This was a last minute decision, based on the reality of what the rest of the week was going to look like training-wise. I had one set of clean clothes at work. I brought two clean sets with me this morning and I'll haul back two dirty sets this afternoon.

I keep my stuff in a duffle bag. We have no showers so I have baby wipes, a towel, deodorant and a hairbrush here. Once the midweek hammerfests and racing start in May, I'm not as concerned about power data so I use the Redline as the clothes mule or take the truck.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 08, 2012, 08:36:23 AM
Beautiful ride in this morning, it was 46 when I left my house, by the time I got to work I was very sweaty, first time this year.  I rode somewhat easy with 1 effort up the "big hill" on the way in.  Will be doing a few cruise intervals on the ride home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 08, 2012, 12:51:36 PM
Fast. 15 minute warmup, then tempo with 20 second all out seated sprints. Same deal on the way home, into a strong headwind. Pain shall ensue.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 08, 2012, 02:18:54 PM
Training techs this past week. Sucks, as I don't get out till 10:30-11:00 PM. No commuting at all, as I choose not to ride at that hour.


Makes me very cranky.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 08, 2012, 02:45:55 PM
LAJ - can you ride before work?  That sucks

69f and 14mph winds scheduled for the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 08, 2012, 05:01:10 PM
I could, WCroadie, but then I would be even more pissed off. As much as I love to ride my bike, I like/need sleep just as much. Just a lesser of the two evils, I suppose. This gig is almost up, and my regular schedule resumes next week.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 08, 2012, 10:28:46 PM
Doing intervals into that headwind sucked. Easy commute tomorrow, Saturday off, Sunday races.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 09, 2012, 08:02:51 AM
Yes, sleep is important

The 14mph winds turned out to 25-30 with stronger gusts, I was blown around quite a bit, but it was fun and I needed no warmers or gloves.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 09, 2012, 10:28:13 AM
Rolled out of bed, walked to the other end of the house, plopped down in my office chair and fired up the work machine. Working from home every Friday is great!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 09, 2012, 11:17:37 AM
But do you get to ride?  That's the key.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 09, 2012, 11:24:39 AM
Once I started working from home each Friday I usually am done working earlier, which translates into a longer afternoon ride.


Not today though; 200+ mile road trip back to where I grew up for a sports show and to get my deer mount back from the taxidermist.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 21, 2012, 08:32:23 AM
Foggy and damp ride this morning, but the temps were near 60 and it was enjoyable, a bit dark because of the time change.  Downtown West Chester, before dawn.
(http://i.imgur.com/TuKKZl.jpg?1)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 21, 2012, 08:53:22 AM
What a pretty town.

No commute today. The bike is in the truck. The first hammerfest of 2012 starts at 5:30pm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 21, 2012, 09:42:42 AM
What a pretty town.




Agree. Way different than anything I see.


22 effin' degrees this am, which was cooler than yesterday by a few. Sunny and 65 on the way home, is the forecast. Good thing I have a rack and trunk bag to haul my morning riding clothes home!


Good luck on the hammerfest tonight, shovelhd. Our team rides are Tuesday at 5. No way I can make those, but they will be later, as the days get longer.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 21, 2012, 12:38:35 PM
Yes good luck shovel, kick some ass tonight!

I love WC, and live about 2 miles south of town.  Great local cycling community and I can head west out of my driveway and ride for 100+ miles in the countryside.  The big problem is $$$, checster county is a very affluent county and I fall wayyyyyyy below the average income.  My house is small and 50yrs old, there are giant housing communities all around and would love to move into a newer/bigger house.  And when getting work done, like tree work that I need, the prices are inflated cause I live in chester county.

But the area is great and so are the schools and that's what's important to me.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 22, 2012, 09:37:47 AM
I think..check that, I know I pissed off a few of the club members last night as I was intent on making the first hammerfest of the year a hammerfest even though there weren't many higher category racers there. Hey, the ride has three groups, A, B and C. If the A ride is above your level, then drop back and the B's will pick you up. It's the same route. No, instead they'd rather whine about the A group going too fast when I was on the front. Hey *****es, I've got a workout to do, and this is the only club ride billed as, and historically known as, a hammerfest.

The commute today was nice and easy. I ate a lot of protein last night. My legs felt strong and loose but I kept the power in endurance as much as possible.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 22, 2012, 10:42:43 AM
Nice work shovel.  It's funny, our tuesday niter is the hardest training ride in the immediate area, often guys "who are interested in racing" come out, they get dropped up the first hill, then complain we go too fast and don't wait.  Everyone one of us who regularly do this ride have gotten dropped, many times.  The idea is to keep coming out and try to make it further each time, but people are too soft now a days.


Good for you for making the A group fast, as it should.


Working from home this morning, dentist in the afternoon, planning to ride to, do the training crit, ride home, tonight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on March 22, 2012, 10:59:22 AM
Nice work shovel.  It's funny, our tuesday niter is the hardest training ride in the immediate area, often guys "who are interested in racing" come out, they get dropped up the first hill, then complain we go too fast and don't wait.  Everyone one of us who regularly do this ride have gotten dropped, many times.  The idea is to keep coming out and try to make it further each time, but people are too soft now a days.


Good for you for making the A group fast, as it should.


Working from home this morning, dentist in the afternoon, planning to ride to, do the training crit, ride home, tonight.

The only one I get cranky at, is myself. I think I should be faster/stronger/better, but I have a ways to go.

On the commute front, it seems we are entering into the angry season again. Lots of horns, pulling to the right so I dare not pass, etc..... Last night as I was hanging a left, I'm taking off and clipping in, and a lady in a VW pulls inside of me on the inside and almost head-ons a Chev pickup. I got yelled at for it.

 Life really is good.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 22, 2012, 12:14:29 PM
Idiots, they are everywhere.  Same thing happened to me last week, this year, I am trying to be more positive and not dwell on the stupidness of drivers I encounter.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 22, 2012, 01:40:56 PM
The idea is to keep coming out and try to make it further each time, but people are too soft now a days.

I've been dropped from this ride when the right group leads the charge and I'm in the right state of fatigue or the wrong kind of shape. It should be no big deal. Now if this was the Saturday B ride and I was blowing it up, that's a completely different thing.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 23, 2012, 08:51:48 AM
The only one I get cranky at, is myself. I think I should be faster/stronger/better, but I have a ways to go.

On the commute front, it seems we are entering into the angry season again. Lots of horns, pulling to the right so I dare not pass, etc..... Last night as I was hanging a left, I'm taking off and clipping in, and a lady in a VW pulls inside of me on the inside and almost head-ons a Chev pickup. I got yelled at for it.

 Life really is good.
We all do
I've been dropped from this ride when the right group leads the charge and I'm in the right state of fatigue or the wrong kind of shape. It should be no big deal. Now if this was the Saturday B ride and I was blowing it up, that's a completely different thing.
Yup.

With the weather supposed to be not so nice this weekend, I was hoping to commute today to get in some more hours, last night my legs were lead, I bagged the commute this morning and hope to get out for a couple hours after work.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on March 23, 2012, 09:00:29 AM
I rode in. I have a short 3x1 and 3x30sec sprint workout to do, then tomorrow off. It looks like racing will be in the rain on Sunday.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 03, 2012, 09:52:38 AM
It was 23 degrees this morning, and it's going to warm up to close to 60 degrees later. Good for maple syrup, a PITA for commuting. I took the Redline to work for the first time in a while with my new Powertap wheel, loaded full of lunch and clothes for the week. It's amazing to see what kind of power it takes to lug that truck around. The bike and load weighed 40.5lbs.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 04, 2012, 08:39:09 AM
 :wha: You need to read the putting your bike on a diet thread :P

I enjoyed a BEE YOU TEA FULL ride to work this morning, 50 degrees and spring break meant little traffic.  Just rode easy Z2 as I was still tired from last night's World Championships training race where I turned myself inside out.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 04, 2012, 09:26:14 AM
:wha: You need to read the putting your bike on a diet thread :P

Yeah, I know, it's a beast when it's loaded.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 05, 2012, 08:41:31 AM
Another perfect ride to work, tempo with shovel intervals.  A bit chilly, ~40degrees.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 05, 2012, 09:54:33 AM
29 degrees when I set out on the race bike with the Quarq (yay). My legs felt great after last night's hammering. I did some tempo with a few FTP intervals and hit some grades with seated sprints. I'm going to take a long way home tonight, probably the climbing route which features about a 6 mile stairstep climb.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 06, 2012, 09:28:07 AM
23 &^%$)(*&^ degrees this morning. I did tempo just to stay warm and braked on all the descents.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 06, 2012, 10:31:51 AM
It was 34 today here, but I was not riding to work, 1hr easy this afternoon.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 11, 2012, 08:54:16 AM
36 degrees when I left the house this morning, calling 30% chance of rain this afternoon, I am hoping the 70% wins.

I was harassed by some d'bag in his car this morning, 6:45 in the morning, 2 lane country road and some a-hole wants to act tough while driving his car.  Really, who is even angry that early in the morning?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 11, 2012, 08:58:45 AM
Too much caffeine. The better question is, why is anyone in a hurry to work?

The commute yesterday was cold in the morning but very nice with a tailwind in the afternoon. I took the truck today to be able to ride a long one with the elite team but they cancelled. If the hammerfest is on, I'll do it, otherwise it's going to be the trainer later.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 11, 2012, 11:33:39 AM
trainer, eek!  I almost didn't ride in since I was up from 3-4:45 cause the little one had trouble sleeping, I was tired and it was cold, but I HTFU'd and rode anyway.  So glad I did, I love riding my bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on April 11, 2012, 02:16:36 PM
Must be the day, WCroadie.

 I have had some issues with the same ******* driving a black Sebring for 9 months, or so. I thought it was done, other than a somewhat close encounter, here and there. As a commuter, I'm used to that stuff, so I blew it off.
 
 Today, it was withing inches, and I finally got pissed. Followed the clown, asked him what was up... If I didn't check myself, it could have been bad. I was pissed. He is honestly lucky, as there could have been a lot of pent up anger directed his way. But, in the long run, I was luckier that I didn't take it further.

 I have a statement prepared, and will be stopping by the police station to make a report of record.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 12, 2012, 10:08:19 AM
Good for you, I have little faith the police would do much if I reported a near miss.  Hell the other day a WC cop buzzed me :facepalm:

So I was about to leave work and ride home yesterday, I checked the weather, my office is in a data center and I have no windows, Accuweather.com said cloudy where I worked and raining where I live.  I headed out, had sunshine the whole way home and no signs of wet roads :/

It was windy and cold tho.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 12, 2012, 12:32:50 PM
It was 39 degrees with little wind on the way in this morning. My legs were sore after yesterday's thrashing so I took it easy, opening it up only on the grades. The way back will be the dirty laundry express. That's going to consume some power.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on April 12, 2012, 01:35:11 PM
Negative: I'll probably have to start going back in to an office as opposed to working at home. 

Positive: Bike commuting!  About 12 miles each way.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 17, 2012, 08:11:50 AM
 :thumbsdown: but  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 17, 2012, 08:29:07 AM
That's pretty close to my commute. It's not super for training but it is a workout if you fit up a commuter bike with all the trimmings. When I put the power meter on my commuter I was shocked at how much work it took to haul that thing around when it is loaded down with clothes and lunch. 40.5 pounds the last time I weighed it. It's hard to ride it at less than tempo pace.

I commuted via the race bike yesterday. I felt good in the morning but I was total crap in the afternoon. My HR would not go above 130bpm. That's a bad sign, so I took today off. Tomorrow I'm planning a 95 mile ride with the club elite team, if I can get the time off.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 18, 2012, 09:23:13 AM
95 miles on a wednesday is awesome!  Are you able to make the ride?

I rode to work again today, endurance pace except for the 1 steep climb, I hit that hard, climbed it my fastest time yet.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 18, 2012, 10:18:46 AM
Yes, I have the bike and my gear packed in the truck. The ride starts at 1:30pm so I'll do 5.5 hours at work and take 2.5 hours personal time. I put in between 48-60 hours/week anyway but the new head honcho has given us unlimited PTO so I play it by the book and log all hours to the letter.

So, obviously, no commute today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 19, 2012, 07:51:42 AM
The ride home from work was pretty uneventful except it started raining about 3 minutes into the ride and rained the whole time.  I was soaked when I got home as I didn't have any rain gear with me.  Carbon clinches braked better then I expected in the wet.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 19, 2012, 08:05:21 AM
Carbon clinches braked better then I expected in the wet.

That's good news.

I have to go to the post office today to file an amended return for my son so I decided to skip the commute.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on April 19, 2012, 03:39:30 PM
That's pretty close to my commute. It's not super for training but it is a workout if you fit up a commuter bike with all the trimmings. When I put the power meter on my commuter I was shocked at how much work it took to haul that thing around when it is loaded down with clothes and lunch. 40.5 pounds the last time I weighed it. It's hard to ride it at less than tempo pace.

Mine is mostly downhill on the way to work, then the opposite on the way back.  So it's actually pretty ideal for an easy morning trip then decent workout on the way back.  I probably have to lock up outside, so the powertap won't be coming with me.

Bought a rack and bag today.  I used to commute with a backpack, but that was only 5 miles. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 19, 2012, 03:53:45 PM
Mine is also downhill to work and uphill home. In fact, the only direction to my house that's not uphill is from the north, and to take that route from work means a 6 mile climb.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 20, 2012, 08:09:55 AM
Mine is uphill both ways and in the snow, always in the snow and I don't wear shoes either :D   Seriously tho, my commute is 21-22 miles each way depending on the route I take, it's pretty rolling with 1 good climb each way, it's not ideal for some of the interval sessions but it gets the job done.

I leave all my clothes, etc. in a bin in my office so I usually don't commute with a backpack\bags.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 20, 2012, 08:15:20 AM
Took the race bike in today as I had stocked the clothes duffle earlier in the week. 45 degrees and sunny, just a beautiful morning. Last night I gave the bike a quick once-over (clean, adjust, check torques, fresh seatpost paste, etc.) and she is riding well. The chain is at 0.75 and just about shot, but I'm going to be racing in the rain on Sunday so I kept it on for it's last hurrah.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on April 24, 2012, 12:48:23 PM
I took the Redline in this morning so I could bring a serious lunch with me. Tuna fish and cole slaw doesn't go well in a jersey pocket. I kept the power down, not that my legs felt like jamming anyway. Last Sunday tapped 'em pretty good. I cleaned up the race bike and changed the chain in preparation for tomorrow night's hammerfest.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 01, 2012, 10:22:59 AM
46 degrees and rainy. I watched the forecast. The radar looked like I'd make it before it hit, but 2 miles in, it started. I pulled in under the entrance to the local Stop and Shop, donned my LG clear rain jacket, and put the hammer down. I wound up with 40 minutes of mid tempo going pretty much downhill. My stuff is drying in the server room. We shall see how that works out. It's 72 degrees in there with 16 tons of airflow.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 02, 2012, 01:40:26 PM
I can relate, woke up at 5:30, turned on news, weatherman showed their new mega-doppler 1,000,000 watt gizmo, said rain will arrive around 7:30 and clear out around noon.  I decided to ride in, left the house around 6:20, about 6:35 the first rain drops started falling.  Eventually got out the clear rain jacket and arrived to work wet.  Have clothes being blown dry via fan, jacket and warmers hanging up.
(http://i.imgur.com/ARAoal.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/bzIjKl.jpg)


Here's hoping our rides home are dry!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 02, 2012, 02:49:03 PM
No commute today. The server room airflow dried everything out nicely yesterday.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 02, 2012, 03:10:39 PM
whoops, I thought it was today, doh!  Well hope I stay dry on the way home :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 03, 2012, 09:11:23 AM
Wow, 60+ degrees at 6am for the ride in. That felt good!!


Storms mid-day supposedly, then sunny until later tonight. I sure hope the forecast is correct....
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 03, 2012, 10:10:18 AM
 :thumbsup: nice!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 03, 2012, 10:43:00 AM
High 40's, low 50's in the am, and 70's-80's for the ride home, lately. Very nice stuff.

It took 3 visits to the District 1 police station to give my report of record. The first two times, I was totally ignored, and I wasn't even wearing spandex. Third time, the female cop asked me what she should do about this... Uh, this thing has escalated to the point of getting physical, and if I end up a red spot on the road, at least you may have an idea who it was that helped me get there... 

 She finally read my statement, and the only question was "was your bike damaged". Whatever. A "request an increase in patrol" form was filled out. What-effin-ever.

 I take the MUP for about a mile each way on my commute, in order to by-pass some cruddy roads. I was riding behind about 10 folks on matching red bikes, with little blinky's on the back. Some type of rental or something? They were two abreast, and my turn was close enough that I just hung behind them. In slow motion, a gal swerved a little, then more, then a lot, then lost control, and took out herself, and 2 others. I have no clue what brought it on, all were OK, but it was just baffling as to what happened. I'll never know, but I imagine I will never forget it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 03, 2012, 10:49:59 AM
I expect I would get the same treatment from the PD around here as well.  I really want to get a contour specifically for commuting, just to have things documented.


Man that's scary and why I avoid MUPs, imagine if you had tried to pass the group, someone would have gotten spooked and taken even more down.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 03, 2012, 11:00:02 AM
 The wife got me a Sony Bloggie, which is an awesome little thing. I am now expected to take lots of pictures, but it makes it easier to do that. Also a video cam, which take decent movies, and also allows pictures to be taken while filming a movie. Neat little thing.

 But, I think a Contour would be a good thing, as well.

 Agree on the nutso MUP people. I give lots of room.

 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 03, 2012, 01:29:17 PM
One of the network news shows had a story about a cyclist who got taken out by a car, but had a GoPro on his helmet and caught the whole thing. He took the camera to the PD where they enhanced the video, got the plate number, and arrested the driver for assault with intent to injure. Mrs. Shovel was watching. She thinks I should get one of those cameras. Green light. Hmmm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 03, 2012, 02:08:13 PM
One of the network news shows had a story about a cyclist who got taken out by a car, but had a GoPro on his helmet and caught the whole thing. He took the camera to the PD where they enhanced the video, got the plate number, and arrested the driver for assault with intent to injure. Mrs. Shovel was watching. She thinks I should get one of those cameras. Green light. Hmmm.
:thumbsup:   for safety :shh:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 03, 2012, 02:09:13 PM
Yup I saw that and told my wife about it, said I really wanted to get one, she said it made sense, yellow light...  Get it shovel
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 04, 2012, 10:53:13 AM
My first commute was today.  Since I work with my wife, she needed to be more comfortable riding before we started commuting.  She had her first low speed fall (she hit a barrier to the MUP) but is OK except a skinned knee.  She came up laughing which is a good thing.
 
9 or 10 miles half of which is MUP.  70deg and humid.  Tonight when we go home it should be over 90  :( .  I'll do my intervals then.
 
Thanks Shovel and WCroadie for the baby wipes idea.  It worked great, and nobody at the hospital thought I smelled bad  :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 04, 2012, 01:07:59 PM
Awesome Mr. and Mrs. RUOkie!

Welcome to the cranky side.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 04, 2012, 01:12:50 PM
Welcome to the club.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 04, 2012, 05:07:39 PM
Well great   Huge electrical storm just rolled in and the skies opened up.  No hail yet.  Supposed to leave work in an hour.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 09, 2012, 07:37:20 AM
I packed all my stuff up to commute in this morning for the first time.  And can't find the key to my lock.  Boo.  Tomorrow I guess.  I think I have a key copy in my office if I'm remembering correctly.   Doesn't do me much good there.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 09, 2012, 10:33:05 AM
Can't you keep your bike inside?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 09, 2012, 07:23:48 PM
At my old office I could...had my own space. 


Now I can park it in the garage under the building, which is protected by federal security with guns.  But I still wouldn't leave it unlocked there:).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 09, 2012, 09:05:10 PM
Guns. Excellent. But can you trust the guard with the gun?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 10, 2012, 03:50:30 PM
Definitely.  They aren't quite military, they aren't quite police, but they definitely aren't rent-a-cops.  Those guys are the real deal.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 11, 2012, 11:03:14 AM
I rode in today, using the rack fully loaded for the first time.  That messes with the out of the saddle handling more than I expected.  Lots of weight on the back.  Though it was slightly lighter than normal: I forgot to pack underwear  :o
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 11, 2012, 12:04:15 PM
Manly man.

Did you weigh it? Your bike, not your ****.  :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 11, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
Bathroom scale says about 38. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 11, 2012, 01:16:07 PM
Nice. Very close to mine loaded. It sure feels different out of the saddle.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 11, 2012, 01:41:39 PM
Ya, I was really wobbling the front wheel.  Felt nice to not have the back sweat though, so not sure where I stand on the rack vs. backpack debate yet.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 11, 2012, 02:10:23 PM
Bathroom scale says about 38.

That's how much my lunch weighs.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 11, 2012, 02:22:58 PM
My commute today was nice. So far. I felt great. The new saddle makes a huge difference.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 11, 2012, 03:41:43 PM
My commute this morning was glorious.  Perfect weather, low 60's and sunny.  It got cloudy soon after and has spit rain on and off since. Not hard enough to bother me, but I'm curious to see how the Mrs. responds to riding in the rain.  :help:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 11, 2012, 03:50:50 PM
Manly man.

Did you weigh it? Your bike, not your ****.  :D
:lol:


Good luck RU on the way home, hope you stay dry
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 11, 2012, 08:13:24 PM
I found my underwear when I got home.  I was a little worried that I dropped it when locking up my bike, because I dropped my undershirt and picked it right back up. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 11, 2012, 10:10:17 PM
I trashed my rear wheel on the way home. Anyone have a silver Aksium rear or a cheap set of training clinchers for sale?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 11, 2012, 10:13:30 PM
Crud shovelhd.  That sucks. Are you OK?

Titan's from Performance are a quick fix.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 11, 2012, 10:29:50 PM
Thanks, LAJ. Yes, I'm fine. I had to take a detour on the way home, and I hit a railroad crossing at speed at the wrong point. Pinch flatted and bent the rim. No crash.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 14, 2012, 09:56:08 AM
Actually, I do have a spare Ksyrium Equipe rear.  I haven't used it since I got my powertap.  I'm a little lazy on the followthrough, so you'll have to PM me and bug me:).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 14, 2012, 01:10:53 PM
Actually, I do have a spare Ksyrium Equipe rear.  I haven't used it since I got my powertap.  I'm a little lazy on the followthrough, so you'll have to PM me and bug me:).

PM sent.

If we can't work something out, I'm going to get a new set of Aksiums from the shop or from CC who has them on sale.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 15, 2012, 08:23:15 AM
Damn shovel glad you didn't go down.  Was it the PT wheel?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 15, 2012, 08:58:23 AM
It took a little bit of a save to stay upright. No, thank goodness, the PT wheel is on the Redline. I was on the Felt with the Quarq. I commute on the Felt when I have clothes waiting at work and the temperature swings aren't wild enough to need to carry a bunch of riding clothes for the day. My training wheels on the Felt are Mavic Aksiums. They're really tough wheels. They ride like granite, but they are tough. It takes a lot to hurt them. I put a 4mm flat spot in the rim. Unfortunately I did not buy the protection program as I did not have the funds within 5 days. Not much I can do about that. If Quel can't make this happen for any reason, I'll just buy a set from the shop again. They'll cut me a deal like last time. Of all of the cheap training wheel sets (Fulcrum 7, Vuelta, CXP22, Alex, etc.) I like these the best.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 15, 2012, 09:49:53 AM
Well that's good and sucks at the same time
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 17, 2012, 09:25:33 AM
Chilly morning: 34 degrees. Sucks having to dress for that and then to be ready for 70 degrees on the way home. Oh well. Nice ride in anyways. :thumbsup:


New crank setup on the commuter; 36/46 built on an old Sugino 110 crank. That with 11-28 cassette is nice. Much nicer than the 39/50 setup - not that there was anything wrong with that (except when it came to CX racing).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 17, 2012, 09:30:41 AM
Nice rig. I run a 36/46 with an 11-25.

Today I rode the race bike with new Rubino Pro tires. I have a little too much air in them. Kinda rough. Like my legs. Thrashed from yesterday's hammerfest.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 18, 2012, 08:28:54 AM
It's bike to work week and I didn't get to ride in 1 time :facepalm:   Stomach bug\racing\life got in the way.  Oh well, I usually commute at least once a week anyway.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 18, 2012, 08:37:45 AM
I took the Redline today with the Powertap. It's just amazing to me how much power it takes to keep that truck moving. I'm schlepping the dirty clothes home tonight. My 800 froze up about halfway there, so I'm missing data. That will mess up my ewang. MY EWANG. WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT MY EWANG???!!!!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 18, 2012, 08:55:47 AM
YOU ARE DOOMED!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 18, 2012, 09:17:28 AM
 :facepalm: :help:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 18, 2012, 09:30:52 AM
Beautiful day this morning, and it was the annual Bike to Work Day.  So lots of bikes on the road.  I prefer normal days.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: mvnsnd on May 18, 2012, 09:38:56 AM
I took the Redline today with the Powertap. It's just amazing to me how much power it takes to keep that truck moving. I'm schlepping the dirty clothes home tonight. My 800 froze up about halfway there, so I'm missing data. That will mess up my ewang. MY EWANG. WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT MY EWANG???!!!!


Of course, you'll have to fill in the missing data with estimates!    :shh:       :D


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 18, 2012, 01:53:06 PM
For 6 miles, it's not worth it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on May 18, 2012, 04:24:38 PM
I took the Redline today with the Powertap. It's just amazing to me how much power it takes to keep that truck moving. I'm schlepping the dirty clothes home tonight. My 800 froze up about halfway there, so I'm missing data. That will mess up my ewang. MY EWANG. WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT MY EWANG???!!!!


(http://nicholasgrider.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/keep-calm-and-carry-on.png)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on May 21, 2012, 10:40:18 AM
For you non-Big-City folk ( :P), here's a part of my commute yesterday. Always interesting...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTKniVG1HTs
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 21, 2012, 12:38:28 PM
Very cool, WhyFi.

Around 3:30, you waved, but I didn't see Kramer.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 01:32:04 PM
Brooklyn?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 21, 2012, 01:54:25 PM
Interesting indeed, cool to see that video!  Makes me appreciate my commute even more.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on May 21, 2012, 02:23:02 PM
I live in Brooklyn, but that was in Manhattan - down Broadway through SoHo, then across Grand through Chinatown.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 02:26:58 PM
I thought it might be SoHo at the beginning, near Astor Place, but then it turned into what looked like Brooklyn.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: globecanvas on May 21, 2012, 02:29:12 PM
Brooklyn?

soho

I thought it might be SoHo at the beginning, near Astor Place

does not compute :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on May 21, 2012, 02:58:10 PM
While neighborhood boundaries are in constant flux in NYC, it's a pretty safe bet that Astor will never be South of Houston.  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 21, 2012, 03:01:44 PM
While neighborhood boundaries are in constant flux in NYC, it's a pretty safe bet that Astor will never be South of Houston.  :P
give the guy a break.  He is from Boston
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: globecanvas on May 21, 2012, 03:08:00 PM
I bike messengered in the city for a while in the 90s.  Chinatown is always fun.  I was surprised at the low number of salmoning delivery bikes in your video (maybe it was the time of day).  One time I wiped out on something slippery and went down.  It was a barrel of live eels that had gotten overturned, the eels were flopping all over the place.  A guy with a net was trying to scoop them back into the barrel but most of them were getting away down the sewer grate.  An old italian guy was laughing and saying "that's where you got them from anyway!"
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 21, 2012, 03:09:45 PM
My hovercraft is made of eels
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on May 21, 2012, 03:24:36 PM
Around 3:30, you waved, but I didn't see Kramer.
I think that I was straightening my backpack - this is about the extent of my waving (people out of my way) -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj5aDTXGKH4

(The mic didn't pick it up, but the girl gave me a snarky "you're welcome!" when she graciously backed off by about 4 inches, so she got a bit of a close pass.)

I bike messengered in the city for a while in the 90s.  Chinatown is always fun.  I was surprised at the low number of salmoning delivery bikes in your video (maybe it was the time of day).  One time I wiped out on something slippery and went down.  It was a barrel of live eels that had gotten overturned, the eels were flopping all over the place.  A guy with a net was trying to scoop them back into the barrel but most of them were getting away down the sewer grate.  An old italian guy was laughing and saying "that's where you got them from anyway!"

 :D

There are a lot more riders than there were even 5 years ago, so I think that the salmoning has been curtailed a bit through mass chastising.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 03:43:26 PM
While neighborhood boundaries are in constant flux in NYC, it's a pretty safe bet that Astor will never be South of Houston.  :P

I didn't say it was.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 21, 2012, 03:48:01 PM
I didn't say it was.
ummm.  yes you did, Astor place near SoHo.  Since Astor place is North of Houston...  Of course, you could be saying "near" as in: Grand Central Station is near Times Square.  In most people's (non New Yorkers') minds that would be true.  In a New Yorker's mind that would be laughed at. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 21, 2012, 04:19:45 PM
ummm.  yes you did, Astor place near SoHo.  Since Astor place is North of Houston...  Of course, you could be saying "near" as in: Grand Central Station is near Times Square. In most people's (non New Yorkers') minds that would be true.  In a New Yorker's mind that would be laughed at.

 Everyone knows that. And they are all real close to the Statue of Liberty, and Empire State Building.

 You guys really should be talking to Grumpy about all this. After all, he lives in New York, and most likely knows the city like the back of his hand.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 04:21:33 PM
ummm.  yes you did, Astor place near SoHo.  Since Astor place is North of Houston...  Of course, you could be saying "near" as in: Grand Central Station is near Times Square.  In most people's (non New Yorkers') minds that would be true.  In a New Yorker's mind that would be laughed at.

Astor Place is nowhere near as far away from Soho as Grand Central. Not even close.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: globecanvas on May 21, 2012, 04:31:02 PM
You outlanders are cute when you talk about NYC geography.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 04:33:23 PM
Let's keep your persuasions out of this, okay?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: globecanvas on May 21, 2012, 04:38:09 PM
Check out the Police Building at 3:10 in the video (http://socialcyclists.org/commuting-forum/how-was-your-commute-to-work-today/msg48919/#msg48919).  Teddy Roosevelt had it built.  It was converted to condos when I lived there (that was my neighborhood).  Cindy Crawford was one of the first tenants.  The street behind it still had a row of gun shops, extremely rare in NYC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Broomestnypd.JPG
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 21, 2012, 04:50:52 PM
According to my mappy thing, Astor to SOUTH of HOuston is 0.75 kilometers.

They wouldn't be New Yorkers if they weren't being smug about New York geography.  It's a requirement.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 21, 2012, 07:23:56 PM
I grew up 40 miles outside of NYC. I've been there so many times I can't tell you. I was just in Manhattan two weeks ago. But that does not matter. Let 'em get their jollies.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on May 21, 2012, 10:38:19 PM
So you are a smug New Yorker arguing about geography of New York with smug New Yorkers?


 :popcorn:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on May 22, 2012, 07:25:32 AM
So you are a smug New Yorker arguing about geography of New York with smug New Yorkers?


 :popcorn:

Who says he's a New Yorker?

/smug

/s
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 22, 2012, 08:01:33 AM
I ain't no steenkin' New Yawker. And I ain't arguin', I'm being smugged.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: globecanvas on May 22, 2012, 08:36:44 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smug_Alert!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 22, 2012, 10:12:29 AM
DILLIGAF

 :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on May 22, 2012, 10:14:33 AM
DILLIGAF

 :)
yes, yes it does   :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 22, 2012, 10:17:27 AM
6th day on the bike (11th effort in those 6 days). The legs felt a little less lively this morning. Interesting ride in. Almost t-boned by idiot who thought he could fly through the intersection I was going through and not stop at the stop sign. Then some 'tard decided to pass me and then realize he can't merge right through the bike lane since the right-turn lane into a high school was full of other cars. Thankfully he realized I wasn't going much slower than him (~23mph) and he stayed in the traffic lane so I could continue on in the bike lane. I was prepared to pile on the binders thinking he was going to cut right into the bike lane once he got past me, but thankfully he didn't. I'm glad that he realized his mistake instead of making me go through the rear window of his car.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 22, 2012, 12:40:34 PM
yes, yes it does   :P

Well, for the record, I don't  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on May 22, 2012, 01:28:10 PM
Good job on the commutes, sickmtbnutcase. As always, the commute tends to bring out the real jerks behind the wheel. You learn to put aside all but the most aggressive of the drivers.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 22, 2012, 01:55:21 PM
Usually I encounter very little traffic. Construction has changed traffic patterns some and pushed more people onto the quiet backroads that are normally empty. Things have been good all year though except for this morning - even when going by a high-school (addition of bike lanes and proper turn lanes on that street last summer really helped). Just have to be aware :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on May 22, 2012, 01:58:29 PM
I guess Massachusetts was named the 3rd most bike-friendly state. Hmm. Did anyone actually ride here?  :lol: No really, it's not bad out west but in the Boston area it's not so great.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 22, 2012, 02:01:13 PM
Way to go MA!


I think I read WI got #6 this year - been dropping for a while.  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on June 05, 2012, 08:57:08 AM
Decided I was comfortable leaving my good bike with the PT locked up at work, seeing as the entrances are guarded by armed personnel.  Got out for 2 hours today on the way in (stashed clothes in the office yesterday), and maybe another 2 hours on the way home.  One of my best/hardest workouts so far this year, with good numbers showing.  But instead of lap I hit stop at one point and didn't notice (pain cave).  So didn't get most of the data:(. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 05, 2012, 09:01:21 AM
 :(

50 degrees and damp this morning on the way in. Long sleeve jersey and tights. We are about 20 degrees lower than normal right now.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 06, 2012, 08:44:03 AM
Always a nice start to the day when some toolbag comes up from behind honks, then flips me off as he goes by. Only reason I can think of for that is that I was on a bike, on the road, at 5:15am. Nobody else and no other traffic around. Wasn't slowing him down so not sure what his deal was. Guess he's just a really happy fellow and lives a very pleasant life.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 06, 2012, 09:12:34 AM
The crap we see commuting.

After my commute, my youngest asked if we could go for a ride, the first in years. We rode to her school and back, 12.3mi, returned just as it was getting dark. She wants to start riding to school next year.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 06, 2012, 09:17:39 AM
After my commute, my youngest asked if we could go for a ride, the first in years. We rode to her school and back, 12.3mi, returned just as it was getting dark. She wants to start riding to school next year.


Excellent!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: mvnsnd on June 06, 2012, 09:35:11 AM

After my commute, my youngest asked if we could go for a ride, the first in years. We rode to her school and back, 12.3mi, returned just as it was getting dark. She wants to start riding to school next year.


That's great!  Looks like you are a good influence.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 06, 2012, 09:41:36 AM
Well, we are talking about a 16 year old who is busting at the seams to get some independence. It's certainly not about Dear Old Dad.  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 06, 2012, 10:39:03 AM
sickmtb - that happens to me often early in the morning, people are a-holes

quel - doh!  I would never leave my bike outside my office, security guard or not.  My gets parked in my office and I prefer no one touches it.

shovel - awesome!  My 9yo asked if she can start walking home from school, which is about 3/4 of a mile away, no way!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on June 06, 2012, 12:03:40 PM
Well, we are talking about a 16 year old who is busting at the seams to get some independence. It's certainly not about Dear Old Dad.  :P

 It is, she just doesn't realize it.   :)

 sickmtb, agree with all the folks. People are just angry, some in the morning, some on the way home. My best one was while waiting for a train, I was at the gate first, and behind me was on old Chevy truck. We all waited patiently, and after train passed, we took off. A few hundred feet past the tracks, the ass in the truck honked and flipped me off. I keep looking for the truck, but haven't seen it since.


 My ride home was awesome last night, and just as good today. Tailwinds both ways, and life is really good. Wore my new shoes this morning to verify cleat placement, and I'm a happy boy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 06, 2012, 12:35:55 PM
My ride home was awesome last night, and just as good today. Tailwinds both ways, and life is really good. Wore my new shoes this morning to verify cleat placement, and I'm a happy boy.

 :thumbsup: Excellent.

No commute today because I'm racing tonight. Those eggs I won last week were awesome BTW. Coach wants me to work on my 1' and 5' power. I think I'll go early for a prime and chase a solo attack or attack solo for a few laps. That ought to fit the bill.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 12, 2012, 09:22:30 AM
Really nice morning for the ride in. Roughly 55 degrees, sunny, almost no breeze, not that humid. Perfect. Didn't get honked at or flipped off.


Damn glass though. I'm glad I'm running Gatorskins. A stretch with a paved shoulder is littered with glass shards in amazing numbers. City refuses to sweep the shoulder (which is also a bike trail). I've called, bike club members have called, no luck. I know some day it'll cost me a tire/tube, but for now I'll just keep picking out dozens of pieces of glass after each commute  :(


And today someone had tossed a box of photo frames into the street - glass absolutely everywhere. Awesome...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 13, 2012, 08:16:43 AM
I've noticed more glass in the road lately too, maybe it's a new thing for the cool kids to break glass in the road now???

I finally got to ride to work again, I just rode pretty easy and was gonna try to PR the steep hill on the way, I did.  It rained all yesterday so the roads were still wet but it was in the mid 60's, little traffic and like you sickmtbnutcase, not a single honk or finger or anyone yelling.  It was a great and enjoyable ride.  Then I pulled into work and had to walk through a cloud of smoke from the couple people smoking right outside the door, yuk!

http://app.strava.com/rides/10716107
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 13, 2012, 08:37:20 AM
^^^ Excellent....minus the smoke. Smokers here now have to walk a ways to get to a public sidewalk to give themselves cancer. I don't miss having to walk by the smoker cage by the entrance/exit.


Ride in today was a bit chilly; low 40s at our house but it warmed up as I gained elevation and the sun started to do its thing.


Best part was the same two fields today had the same two pairs of turkeys in them that where there yesterday. One field had two young jakes in it. The other had two old toms - and one is downright huge. I love everything about wild turkeys. Fun to watch, fun to hunt and darn good to eat. Neat seeing them out in the fields in the mornings.


No honks or fingers this morning as well. Another good ride into work.  :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on June 13, 2012, 09:20:33 AM
I  notice the glass increases at certain times:
First on garbage and recycling pick up days - tons of broken glass along the residential streets.


Second on sunny days the stretch of park I ride through has marked increases in glass. Not everywhere, just near the garbage cans that are spread throughout the park road at fairly frequent intervals. I applaud people for attempting to dispose of their trash at the garbage cans, but I don't understand them then being ok with throwing it from their cars and not seeing a difference between "near a garbage can" and "in a garbage can". This doesn't just refer to the glass, but all trash, but it is the glass that affects me more on the  bike.


But we have had lots of rain lately and some of the glass has washed away and even though getting home yesterday was an exercise in swimming with one's bike, this morning I managed to make it into work dry... it did start raining shortly after I got to my desk though.


Happily my bike locker keeps the bike nice and dry  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 13, 2012, 09:33:57 AM
I think a lot of it is lazy garbage men. City should require them to run a street sweeper to clean it up.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on June 13, 2012, 09:42:05 AM
I think a lot of it is lazy garbage men. City should require them to run a street sweeper to clean it up.


I agree with regards to the residential streets.


In the park they do sweep a couple times a month. But I think there the glass is more do to people trying to make a basket from the car rather than pullover at the ample parking near all the cans and placing their trash in the garbage .


But I am all for more frequent street sweeping. In Newark in the "University Heights" area they sweep at least once a week. That is nice.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on June 13, 2012, 09:58:48 AM
In Newark in the "University Heights" area they sweep at least once a week.

Dead bodies get rank if they don't.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on June 13, 2012, 11:21:53 AM
Dead bodies get rank if they don't.


The projects I ride through to get to University Heights (what a hoity toity name - those signs are new since I started here in September) would be rank swept or not. The sweeping keeps my roads (for the 3 blocks I am ride in the heights) glass free, but unfortunately not car or pedestrian free... lol.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 13, 2012, 11:30:29 AM
Looks like it was a honking/finger waving/angry driver free day!  Hopefully the ride home for us will be the same.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 14, 2012, 09:07:50 AM
And today someone had tossed a box of photo frames into the street - glass absolutely everywhere. Awesome...
On my way home, I saw a big framed picture laying on the side of the road, I thought of you.

My commute home was just as pleasant, not 1 close call, honk, yell, finger, nothing but mild temps, bright sun and an enjoyable ride on my bike :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 14, 2012, 09:36:57 AM
On my way home, I saw a big framed picture laying on the side of the road, I thought of you.

My commute home was just as pleasant, not 1 close call, honk, yell, finger, nothing but mild temps, bright sun and an enjoyable ride on my bike :thumbsup:


Nice to hear you're thinking of me  :P


Amazing what ends up on the road/side of the road. I have acquired tools and money though; so it's not all bad.


The two big tom turkeys were in the same field when I rode home yesterday. Must be plenty of food in that field and someone did a poor job combining the corn last fall. And yeah, no honks/fingers either and I had a tailwind most of the way with mild temps and scattered clouds. About perfect.


Drove in today. Jetta's MFD showed 48.2mpg (trip) when I shut it off. Can't complain. (actual is about 1mpg lower)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on June 14, 2012, 11:35:38 AM
Amazing what you can get done if you get up early and ride to work.  35 miles and at the desk by 8:30. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 14, 2012, 12:17:36 PM
Pff, I get 22 and at the desk by 7:30!


Kidding aside, good work.  Is that 35mi each way or did you extend the commute?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on June 14, 2012, 12:29:42 PM
Extended.  I try to meet up with some guys and ride Tu/Th mornings.  Otherwise it's 12 one way.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 14, 2012, 03:53:41 PM
Nice
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on June 14, 2012, 06:01:04 PM
Today was SUNNY!
I didn't have to do the fine balancing act of staying ahead of the storm behind me without riding into the storm ahead of me, and it was a glorious ride in.


  :thumbsup:


I almost always get to my desk at 6:50AM - that, it seems, is the safest time for me to ride into Newark, NJ in the mornings. Coming home is pretty bad anytime between 3 and 4:30 (the latest I have tried heading home), but regardless of when I head home, where I am at 5 is always the worst. It seems the attitude of everyone using the road gets negative as people are tired and just want to be home... lot more grumpy drivers and pedestrians cutting me off or telling me to get off the road right at 5 than earlier.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 15, 2012, 10:13:50 AM
Awesome.

If I can leave by 4-4:15 I am usually good, there are 2 sections where I need to be real careful regardless of the time.  In the summer, the commute is better, then once school starts up again, people get all crazy once more.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on June 15, 2012, 01:45:07 PM

 In the summer, the commute is better, then once school starts up again, people get all crazy once more.


I hear you - I have been affiliated with college campuses the vast majority of my commuting life and there is a marked sense of relaxation on the commute when school is out - however, on nice days the number of people in the park that takes up the middle third of my commute shoots up. Many not looking before pulling into or out of the parallel parking throughout the park.


It did not take long for me to pinpoint the right hook and broadside risk points and I tend to be pretty vigilant at those sections and enjoy the rest. There is always a chance of side swiping or being rear-ended, but I can't live my commute in fear. I can also choke on a pretzel while watching TV on the couch...


oh wait... I am not named George... lol.


Sunny commuting is always a joy - though I have to remember to change out my clear lenses for shades - the rising sun can be a bit of a *****.


I actually love riding in warm summer rains too - but prefer that on my way home since, as long as I keep up with the laundry, I have plenty of dry clothing to change into, and have a handy shower.  I don't have the luxury of the shower at work unless I want to pay for access to the University gym.  I do keep a spare set of clothing in my desk though - in case I get caught in a sudden storm on my way in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on June 29, 2012, 09:53:02 AM
Rode in this morning because I missed yesterday, so I had clothes already waiting at the office.  It's going to be hot as hell tonight.  Maybe that was a bad decision.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 29, 2012, 10:27:04 AM
 :thumbsup:  nah, just hydrate and take it easy on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on June 30, 2012, 12:59:36 PM
104 when I went home last night.  Wasn't so bad as long as I was moving.  I stopped for a minute halfway home to adjust my bike and it was like a waterfall coming off my head. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 03, 2012, 09:03:46 AM
Like riding through soup this morning. So humid. It was only in the mid-70s at 5:30, but felt much worse. Ride home should be fun; upper 90s, high-humidity, strong headwind  :bday:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 03, 2012, 09:12:08 AM
Hah.  About the same here.  Humid and upper 70s on the way in.  Should be 95ish on the way home.  There were a few big trees still down on the MUP I take for most of the way, plus a section that was completely closed because there were some telephone poles and power lines down across it.  Had to get creative with my detours.  Should have brought my cross/commuter bike instead of my road bike:).  That's going to be a pain in the ass on the way home when there are actually a lot of people on that path.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 03, 2012, 09:12:12 AM
The ride in was actually very very pleasant. I don't think the ride home will be quite as nice. It doesn't help that I work in a very well cooled lab - cooled to the point that I put on a long sleeved shirt when I get in - so when I go outside it is a slightly bigger temperature jump. Yesterday was the hot headwind home - It felt like I was riding directly towards an industrial hair drier. Hopefully that isn't quite as much in evidence today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 03, 2012, 09:54:53 AM
Hah.  About the same here.  Humid and upper 70s on the way in.  Should be 95ish on the way home.  There were a few big trees still down on the MUP I take for most of the way, plus a section that was completely closed because there were some telephone poles and power lines down across it.  Had to get creative with my detours.  Should have brought my cross/commuter bike instead of my road bike:).  That's going to be a pain in the ass on the way home when there are actually a lot of people on that path.
Same for me, I was a salty, sweaty mess when I arrived to work today, but I had a great ride in :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 08:20:45 AM
I checked the weather app on the phone just before walking out the door at 6:15 this morning:


77 degrees
77% humidity...


seems almost like a typo.
Although the temperature was fairly pleasant while moving this morning, I was definitely dripping wet when I arrived at my desk.  If the humidity doesn't drop, it will be a super soggy ride home.  Might need to dig out the Gilly weed so I can breathe under water.



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 05, 2012, 08:24:26 AM
^^Yuk!


This morning was 79 deg and 73% humidity at 6am.  There was a puddle of sweat on my office floor.  Traffic was minimum as I guess lots of folks have off.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 09:05:56 AM
Traffic was minimum as I guess lots of folks have off.


I noticed this too, and quite enjoyed it. I wonder if tomorrow will be light on traffic too.
Title: Re: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 05, 2012, 09:10:28 AM
I checked the weather app on the phone just before walking out the door at 6:15 this morning:


77 degrees
77% humidity...


seems almost like a typo.
Although the temperature was fairly pleasant while moving this morning, I was definitely dripping wet when I arrived at my desk.  If the humidity doesn't drop, it will be a super soggy ride home.  Might need to dig out the Gilly weed so I can breathe under water.

 The one good thing about the temperature going up is the humidity will burn off a bit.

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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 05, 2012, 10:24:02 AM
correct rog, you are a smart man, humidity down to 63% now, temp is 88.

DF - I bet traffic is a minimum tomorrow as well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 05, 2012, 11:42:51 AM
Hah.  About the same here.  Humid and upper 70s on the way in.  Should be 95ish on the way home.  There were a few big trees still down on the MUP I take for most of the way, plus a section that was completely closed because there were some telephone poles and power lines down across it.  Had to get creative with my detours.  Should have brought my cross/commuter bike instead of my road bike:).  That's going to be a pain in the ass on the way home when there are actually a lot of people on that path.

So apparently on Tuesday night, a drunk driver drove SIX MILES on the MUP to get to this section.  When he realized it was blocked he tried to turn around and got stuck.  I left early due to the holiday, but it was near the time when I'd normally be on the path.  Crazy.  Apparently no one was hurt.  I can't find a new article on it, probably because so much else was going on between the holiday and the storm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 05, 2012, 12:28:25 PM
god damn idiot, at least he didn't kill anyone
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 01:24:57 PM
So apparently on Tuesday night, a drunk driver drove SIX MILES on the MUP to get to this section.  When he realized it was blocked he tried to turn around and got stuck.


Glad no one was hurt... I'm also glad karma came and got him stuck!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on July 05, 2012, 01:28:42 PM
I actually like the humidity when riding. It feels like it's easier for me to breathe.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 01:34:33 PM
I actually like the humidity when riding. It feels like it's easier for me to breathe.


If it is super dry and you are breathing hard it can be rough on the throat and sinuses. I am sure there is an optimal level for comfort and physiology... I just think it is quite a bit lower than 77%.  ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on July 05, 2012, 01:50:27 PM
I am sure there is an optimal level for comfort and physiology... I just think it is quite a bit lower than 77%.  ;)

Not when you're half Filipino.  :D
Title: Re: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 05, 2012, 04:27:08 PM
correct rog, you are a smart man, humidity down to 63% now, temp is 88.

DF - I bet traffic is a minimum tomorrow as well.

Yup, and when it hit 93, it was down to 47%.

Sooper Genious.

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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 05, 2012, 04:30:39 PM
How the heck do you get a car on your MUP? Doesn't it have fences and lolly poles, or did the idiot take those out, too?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 06:13:43 PM
Not when you're half Filipino.  :D


 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 05, 2012, 06:17:16 PM
How the heck do you get a car on your MUP? Doesn't it have fences and lolly poles, or did the idiot take those out, too?


Maybe the bumps from those just felt like those damned jokers wearing lycra pants in public and riding those two wheeled jobbies... meaning he thought it was the usual cyclists he runs over and we all know those bike rider types don't matter...


 :/
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 05, 2012, 10:18:54 PM
I am going to commute tomorrow. Z2. Openers on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 05, 2012, 10:44:10 PM
How the heck do you get a car on your MUP? Doesn't it have fences and lolly poles, or did the idiot take those out, too?

There's basically an entrance all the way where it starts.  The street deadends and the MUP starts, and it just has a pole in the the middle.  I guess you can just go on the grass to the outside to get around it.  Once you enter, there isn't a way for a car to get on/off for ~7-8 miles even if you wanted to, so a bit past where this guy eventually got stuck. 

I still haven't seen a news story on it.  When they issue the summary police reports for this week I'll post that. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 06, 2012, 08:17:43 AM
Please do.

My commute was wonderful this morning. I have Z2 on the plan. 60 degrees and I arrived without a drop of sweat. HR was in the 105 range.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 06, 2012, 11:26:21 AM
Still haven't seen a news story, but here's some pictures and a bit of backstory!

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT)

On Tuesday, a drunk driver took his car onto the Capital Crescent Trail (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT) and made it from Georgetown to the trail closure just south of Mass Ave, where he had to turn around, but instead backed into a ditch. He reportedly drove pretty fast and dangerously and was arrested by the Park Police. This means he went through the tunnel, over the bridges etc...Some people think there are enough clues in the photos to determine that the car belongs to a senior Air Force Officer.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 06, 2012, 11:55:50 AM
Please do.

My commute was wonderful this morning. I have Z2 on the plan. 60 degrees and I arrived without a drop of sweat. HR was in the 105 range.
I rode before work, it was 70 at 6am, it felt chilly.  Nice easy recovery ride.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 06, 2012, 11:58:39 AM
Still haven't seen a news story, but here's some pictures and a bit of backstory!

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT)

On Tuesday, a drunk driver took his car onto the Capital Crescent Trail (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?2564-BLU-ZOOM-drunk-driver-on-CCT) and made it from Georgetown to the trail closure just south of Mass Ave, where he had to turn around, but instead backed into a ditch. He reportedly drove pretty fast and dangerously and was arrested by the Park Police. This means he went through the tunnel, over the bridges etc...Some people think there are enough clues in the photos to determine that the car belongs to a senior Air Force Officer.
What a giant a hole, and his license plate is stupid too.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 06, 2012, 02:20:06 PM
If he was DUI, it is curtains for his career.

I can't believe these people b*tching about bollards in the bike path in a thread where a drunk drove 5.5 MILES and miraculously didn't hurt anyone. Put them at every entrance, I say. You gotta be stupid to ride into one.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 06, 2012, 04:17:44 PM
Ya, I'm not sure how that devolved into a boring argument about bollards.  I don't participate in that forum, just read it for the first time through a link to the pictures.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 10, 2012, 08:48:37 AM
Yesterday's ride to/from was perfect. No wind on the way in, tailwind on the way home.

Took the single-speed. Felt good.

This morning I chose the single-speed again. Legs weren't the biggest fan of that, but screw them. I love that bike. Should be tailwinds home the whole week. Hope the forecast is right :)

I have no choice but to ride in right now. Wife's car is currently broke and getting fixed so I'm riding in to ensure her and my son have a car available for fun kid stuff/shopping/emergencies/etc.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 10, 2012, 09:49:21 AM
Yesterday's ride to/from was perfect. No wind on the way in, tailwind on the way home.

Took the single-speed. Felt good.

This morning I chose the single-speed again. Legs weren't the biggest fan of that, but screw them. I love that bike. Should be trailwinds home the whole week. Hope the forecast is right :)

I have no choice but to ride in right now. Wife's car is currently broke and getting fixed so I'm riding in to ensure her and my son have a car available for fun kid stuff/shopping/emergencies/etc.
There's very little chance of that :P
Enjoy your ride
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 10, 2012, 09:59:35 AM

Took the single-speed

hipster
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 10, 2012, 10:11:30 AM
hipster

I have brakes  :P

It's not too hipster-ish, I hope.... (http://www.isaacolson.com/web/raleigh/fixie3_0041.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 10, 2012, 10:21:04 AM
I was just pulling your chain.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 10, 2012, 10:35:26 AM
I was just pulling your chain.


I'm belt-drive :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 10, 2012, 10:47:00 AM

I'm belt-drive :)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 11, 2012, 08:15:05 AM
If he was DUI, it is curtains for his career.

I can't believe these people b*tching about bollards in the bike path in a thread where a drunk drove 5.5 MILES and miraculously didn't hurt anyone. Put them at every entrance, I say. You gotta be stupid to ride into one.
+1, besides a MUP isn't a place to go hammering along, you have to slow down or stop at the entrances anyway.  The MUP near my has them at every entrance, I never thought of them to be bothersome.

70 degrees and 100% humidity for the ride in this morning, chance of showers for the way home...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 11, 2012, 08:17:57 AM
+1, besides a MUP isn't a place to go hammering along, you have to slow down or stop at the entrances anyway.

Not if it's a Strava segment.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 11, 2012, 08:51:36 AM
LOL @ shovel.


Another perfect, but chilly morning for the ride in. Upper 40s for temps at home that dipped probably into the upper 30s in some real low spots near lakes by my house. By the time I gained the elevation to get to work and the sun did some work it was quite nice and in the mid 50s.


Took in the old Elance 310 today (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-H2bu_H0W8fo/TXvEzSOFDGI/AAAAAAAAAuI/4vVqBEQ8PL8/s1000/trekpasela_0025_20110312T134928.jpg). Nice to mix it up with what bikes I ride in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 11, 2012, 09:01:09 AM
Nice
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 11, 2012, 09:15:18 AM
LOL @ shovel.

But I wasn't kidding. I get these notifications all the time about people taking segment KOM's away. 95% of the time, I'm commuting to and from work, not riding hard at all. The other 5% are when I'm doing a specific workout.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 11, 2012, 11:23:51 AM
I wonder if my commute contains any "Strava segments".  But not enough to sign up for yet another online account that will do nothing but suck up time... lol


I see a team train on one small section of my commute Thursday mornings but in 6.5 months of commuting on this route I have yet to see another person who looks like a commuter.


Cool and comfortable on the ride in today and the cloud cover has yet to burn off, so it might be nice for the ride home as well. :-)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 11, 2012, 02:50:25 PM
It should be good for your ride home, df. I had a very pleasant ride to and from the post office. I'm sweating a bit, but that's cause I was in the laundry room, which is like a sauna.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 12, 2012, 09:05:57 AM
I rode to work again this morning, left a bit later than norm.  There were more cars and some angry buggers today, meh.  I'm gonna ride to the crit after work, do that, then ride home, should be a 4+ hour day.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 12, 2012, 12:48:22 PM
Nice.  I got in 2 hours before work too.  MUP and empty roads, so nice and unstressful.  Until a drunk driver runs into you, apparently:). Legs are cooked from the intervals, and I'll get in an hour of tempo on the way home. 

I say it all the time, but I wish I was a morning person.  You can get so much done before getting in to work.  I can only muster twice a week or so though.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 12, 2012, 12:53:14 PM
I was also thinking about modesty this morning.  In the locker room, another bike commuter was doing middle-school-esque maneuvers to make sure no one saw him naked in the locker room.  But he walked by dozens of people on the way to the locker room in his spandex and a white shirt (which was soaked with sweat and transparent).  Me, I have no problem with locker room nakedness, though I don't go out of my way to do it.  But I'll throw on shorts over the spandex when walking around the building.  Other people might consider that odd.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 12, 2012, 01:11:57 PM
Modest, schmodest.

The walk from the bike rack to the locker room is a great time to make the ladies smile/blush/laugh/etc  :P


Of course, ymmv.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 12, 2012, 02:59:12 PM
I honestly don't care who sees what, I walk through the office in my kit.  Last year when there was some construction going on and I was in a cube(the cube was in a back corner, kinda out of the way) I was changing and just had a towel around my mid section, a co worker walked down the hallway and said, Oh hi, and started walking back towards my cube, when she got to the opening she was like, OMG you don't have clothes on!  I just laughed.

I get changed in the parking lots at races, just using a towel, if you don't like what you see, don't look  :P

I am tired now, don't feel like hitting the crit tonight but I will.  Just sit in mostly.  I had a longish for me, last week and already 6 hours this week, 3 more tonight...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 12, 2012, 04:00:09 PM
I wish I had a locker room I could use... I have to make due with a toilet stall or pay some $200 a semester to use the student gym area (I am classified as faculty).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 12, 2012, 04:13:49 PM
$200/month for a student gym?  That is a ripoff
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 12, 2012, 04:16:08 PM
That's a semester, not a month, but that's still insane.

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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 12, 2012, 07:17:58 PM
45 miles and 1500 kJ.  Not bad for a commute day. Beautiful day out.  If my legs weren't fried I would have gone some extra miles tonight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 13, 2012, 07:36:03 AM
Nice work!  My normal round trip is 44miles, helps get the time in on the bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 13, 2012, 08:00:56 AM
12 mile each way commute here.  Will go up to 15 once I move.  Although we are only riding 1-2 days/wk. 
 
I'm proud of my girl, she said today "why is this so hard today? I'm so out of shape"  While we decreased our time by 10 min.
 
I just rode a little faster without telling her  :shh:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 13, 2012, 09:32:11 AM
Awesome RUOkie. If Mrs. RUOkie is enjoying it, you can't ask for more. Your hidden plans not withstanding.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 13, 2012, 09:58:31 AM
$200/month for a student gym?  That is a ripoff


It makes some sense - this is a facility meant for students. As a non-student it makes sense that I would be taken for all I am worth. I think they are trying to discourage non-students from overrunning the place. As a student I think it would be free or something like $30 a semester. I just happen to be in a building that does not have a restroom with a shower nor a place a person can change. To be fair, I have not explored the other buildings near mine to see if, for instance, the nursing school building has a locker room.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 16, 2012, 08:52:46 AM
A nice warm, humid, morning. This afternoon's ride home will suck. Heat advisory, head wind, high humidity. Better than driving.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 16, 2012, 08:58:09 AM
Rode the 9 miles to work with my wife this morning.  VERY humid but still cool.  Then, since I have a late start today, after dropping her off at the office, I went to do hill repeats on a hill I have not ridden in over a year.  When I started descending, I discovered that they had just rechipped it (within the past week).  This hill is only 150-200ft tall, but has a max grade of 14%.  I really thought I was gonna die going down that.  My rear wheel was all over the place.  I bailed on the hill repeats and just rode hard for an hour with a few 5' hard efforts mixed in.  When I got to the office, I was drenched.
 
Now I gotta wait to stop sweating and clean up.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 16, 2012, 10:27:11 AM
RUOkie, good job keeping the rubber side down in your adventure, as well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 16, 2012, 01:48:29 PM
+1
They are about to start tar and chipping some reads round here, that **** sucks.

Planning to commute wed & thurs, possibly friday this week, gonna be hot and humid again.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 17, 2012, 09:13:21 AM
Popped a tire on the way in.  That's actually the first time I've flatted all year.  Not bad.  Had to make sure I remembered how to use CO2 again:).

Got in 30+ miles.

Humid.  Will be hot tonight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 17, 2012, 09:14:33 AM
Haha, glad you made it in.  Have fun tonite
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 17, 2012, 12:16:46 PM
 2 right hooks on the way home last night. Weird, but saw them coming. More than anything, I hate the idiotic blank look one gets when asking wtf they were thinking.

 Drove in today, as it is bike maintenance/rest day.
 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 17, 2012, 06:58:59 PM
My tire was completely flat when I went to unlock it.  Had a huge snake bite flat in it, even though I rode it for 20+ miles after the first flat and then parked it.  Somehow snakebit while sitting in the garage. Or there was a piece of debris that I never found. Patched it and rode home no problem.

Got in an MUP race, only because he buzzed me to pass when I was slowing to pass another rider.  He died about a mile later. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 18, 2012, 08:06:42 AM
For some reason I had one of the most unenthusiastic rides in this morning.  Weather was humid and warm, but not inclement... nothing untoward happened with respect to drivers and pedestrians... just having a blah morning.  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 18, 2012, 08:26:02 AM
I left a bit earlier than normal to try and beat the heat in, it was 77 and 80% humidity at 5:40 this morning.  Last nite the heat really got to me and I suffered and felt sick, legs felt tired this morning and I trudged to work easy.  Arrived in a sticky sweaty mess, the ride home will be brutal  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 18, 2012, 09:45:14 AM
It was splendid this morning.

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 18, 2012, 02:33:45 PM
It was splendid this morning.

Sure.  Rub it in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 18, 2012, 06:17:16 PM
Had to bust outta work 30min early cause of t-storms coming, thanks to a heads up from Grumpy, the sky was getting dark and the wind was blowing but no rain, it did start thundering when ingot home.


It was hot and humid and my legs felt like crap both ways but at least I was on my bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 18, 2012, 10:12:54 PM
Grumpy follows Philly weather?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 18, 2012, 10:46:35 PM
Doesn't everybody?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 19, 2012, 08:38:27 AM
Damn you too!  Philly is where it's at.   I guess he was looking at his weather and saw storms coming my way, and like a true friend, not like you too  :D

Ride in this morning was 78 and 100% humidity  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 19, 2012, 09:34:15 AM
Look out, dude, it might rain again. Or not.


There, I've done my part. You sissy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 19, 2012, 09:54:13 AM
Look out, dude, it might rain again. Or not.


There, I've done my part. You sissy.

I didn't ride in today because of that.  I'm a rain wuss.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 19, 2012, 11:20:58 AM
Sure.  Rub it in.

Not intentional! Just a nice ride is a nice ride.

Left hooked this morning. Weird, as that's a new one. I was at the double yellow taking off for a left turn, and a guy pulls up next to me, and hangs a left right in front of me. New one on me. He had to stop at the next light, and I took a pic of his plate. He yelled out the window if that was necessary, and I said absolutely.

 Then we each went on our merry way.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 19, 2012, 11:57:21 AM
I've had that happen. People just don't have the extra 3/10ths of a second that it'll take them to let us get through the intersection.

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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 19, 2012, 12:30:35 PM
My typical left turn foible is when I am going strait and oncoming traffic is turning left. I haven't had this issue anywhere else, but it seems common here for the first person in line to sneak in a left turn before any oncoming traffic moves strait through the intersection. This is NOT behavior directed just at me. I have come to expect it if I am first in line, but the first time it happened it caught me off guard.


However, I often have people 3rd or 4th in line making lefts cut me off as I am moving strait through an intersection. That makes grumpy.


Since when has left turning traffic EVER had any right of way over oncoming traffic that is going strait (when both lights turn green at the same time)?!?!?!?  Why should I have to sit through a second light cycle (when I intended to go strait) in pouring rain because people in dry cars are making left turns in front of me?


I have taken to playing chicken with cars at one intersection where I get cut off this way regularly. The almost amusing thing is that sometimes a car will cut me off that way when there is a car directly behind me that is also going strait - as if the oncoming driver sees only the bike and says "bikes are slow I have plenty of time" not paying attention to the fact that cars regularly take advantage of the wider space in an intersection to go around me.  That has led to a number VERY near fender benders directly in front of me.  Of course drivers of both cars yelled at me for a few of those - as if it is my fault one didn't yield right of way and the other can't pass in a safe manner.



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 19, 2012, 05:28:56 PM
My typical left turn foible is when I am going strait and oncoming traffic is turning left.

That's the #1 cause of motorcycle accidents.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 19, 2012, 07:53:01 PM
Wait, you are in MA right DF?  Its called a massh*ole left, or something like that.  I don't know why they do it there, but they do.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 19, 2012, 08:00:37 PM
Wait, you are in MA right DF?  Its called a massh*ole left, or something like that.  I don't know why they do it there, but they do.
She is in Newark, NJ   But they drive like  a holes there too.  I used to live right near there
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 19, 2012, 08:34:38 PM
Took an extended route home today, so I can close in on umd and GMT's starvathon  :P   Three days, 8 hours of 90-100 degree temps and I am cramping like a &^%#$, I am probably a lithe dehydrated but am down to 164lbs 



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 20, 2012, 07:57:37 AM
Rode to the office this morning a lovely 83 deg leaving the house at 6am.  The ride home may be rough.  It was 108 yesterday when we drove home
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 20, 2012, 03:09:35 PM
be safe in that heat RU!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 20, 2012, 06:59:53 PM
be safe in that heat RU!
+1


Pissing rain cancelled my ride to work today :facepalm:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 20, 2012, 07:51:18 PM
Holy crap that sucked. 108 and the wind kicked up. It felt like the Santa Ana's    But we made it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 21, 2012, 02:22:44 PM
You two will be seasoned vets when you say you have commuted in temperature spreads of over 100 degrees.  Well done!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 23, 2012, 07:46:47 AM
After a weekend with beautiful crisp feeling mornings the commute in today was once again humid humid humid.   :(


Oh well. At least I managed to get out and enjoy the weekend mornings - for a road ride on Saturday and for 12.5 miles worth of errands on Sunday.  It was very nice getting to the grocery store in a state reasonable for being out in public!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 24, 2012, 08:43:44 AM
Hot sticky and sweaty ride in today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 24, 2012, 09:07:50 AM
Same.  Well, not as hot as it has been, but very humid.  Got in 35 miles with some speed work though.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 24, 2012, 09:43:30 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 24, 2012, 11:41:35 AM
Got in 35 miles with some speed work though.

Did you hammer any Freds on the MUP?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 24, 2012, 06:51:32 PM
No.  On the way home, some dude in baggy shorts dinged me with his bell then blew by, never to be seen again.  I couldn't give a proper fred chase though, as my legs are pretty fried.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 24, 2012, 08:38:38 PM
You could not respond to a Fred attack? The horror!!!!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 24, 2012, 10:10:42 PM
I know.  The bell totally demoralized me.  I also have a weird habit where I actually slow down and wait to pass people instead of squeezing between oncoming traffic.  Im a MUP snob.  Anyone going faster than me is just reckless :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 25, 2012, 07:50:56 AM
Quel, you are an embarrassment, that bell ringing fool owned you.  How could you let that happen???  To defend your honor, I will take part of the MUP home and Fred Race everyone I see.

Rode in today, 64 deg in the morning, it was the first time in a while I was actually a little chilly for part of the ride.  My buddy joined me for some of the ride, got passed by some sweet vette, caught up to him at the light and chatted for a minute, his car was nice, definitely had some work done to it.  Then he told me to enjoy my ride  :o .  Don't get that too often.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 25, 2012, 07:53:50 AM
I know.  The bell totally demoralized me.  I also have a weird habit where I actually slow down and wait to pass people instead of squeezing between oncoming traffic.  Im a MUP snob.  Anyone going faster than me is just reckless :)
Did our 8 mile commute this morning.  My wife (who has been harping on me for the past 4 yrs about "riding safe") blows through a stop sign.  I had come to a complete stop.  She went past a truck (not quite cutting him off, he did not have to brake to avoid her).  I caught up with her and just gave her a look  :-X .  She turned to me and said, "I know, I know,  I'll never say anything again"  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 25, 2012, 08:41:55 AM
 :thumbsup:

ammo
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 25, 2012, 09:55:47 AM
Quel, you are an embarrassment, that bell ringing fool owned you.  How could you let that happen??? 

I'm going to make sure I'm fully tapered for any future commutes. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 25, 2012, 10:45:17 AM
Mrs. RUOkie is turning into a Roadie?   :thumbsup:

I still think it is the coolest thing that you two get to commute in on bike together. I know the circumstances that brought it about pretty much suck, but you two certainly made it work in your favor.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 25, 2012, 10:47:58 AM
Mrs. RUOkie is turning into a Roadie?   :thumbsup:

I still think it is the coolest thing that you two get to commute in on bike together. I know the circumstances that brought it about pretty much suck, but you two certainly made it work in your favor.
On point one, Not really.  I am switching her pedals tonight back to platforms.  She has toeclips now and hates them, and is unwilling to try clipless.
 
On point two.  Absolutely correct.  She does enjoy the rides.  When you get lemons...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 25, 2012, 01:54:37 PM
I'm going to make sure I'm fully tapered for any future commutes.
I expect reports
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 25, 2012, 08:51:00 PM
Quel - I rode the MUP on the way home, I totally pwned some folks in your honor, 2 girls on hybrids, 1 dude rollerblading and pushing a jogging stroller, 1 lady pulling a kiddie trailer with her hybrid, 2 roadies.  I DROPED THEM ALL, just for you buddy  :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 25, 2012, 08:54:42 PM
Quel - I rode the MUP on the way home, I totally pwned some folks in your honor, 2 girls on hybrids, 1 dude rollerblading and pushing a jogging stroller, 1 lady pulling a kiddie trailer with her hybrid, 2 roadies.  I DROPED THEM ALL, just for you buddy  :D
I can beat you. 


We droped two eight year old boys on Walmart bikes.  On the road!!!  And I gave them "the look"
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 25, 2012, 09:45:35 PM
I went 7 miles out of my way just so I could ride on a MUP. I totally blew by an elderly couple walking with walkers, and a kid on a BMX bike.


Incidentally I like the new doubled distance route home.  :blush:


Maybe I can drop the elderly couple again tomorrow if they do that walk on a regular basis.  ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 26, 2012, 07:22:57 AM
This morning the Newark Police Hazmat 2 Unit came screaming up behind me and stopped... my first thought was "but I showered this morning!"


 :wha:


Turns out they were waiting for the light to turn green, just as I was... and they passed me as soon as we got the green light.


 :thumbsup:
Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Menel on July 26, 2012, 09:33:45 AM
I got stuck behind a garbage truck on one road, OMG the stench.

Avg pace, I wish I had the motivation to bike in more than 2-3 times per month.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/c07f5e07-4721-ecbb.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on July 26, 2012, 09:38:03 AM
 You folks are serious business during this commuting thing. I think I am going to leave early one day, and take 15-20 minutes of serious business commuter video. I don't really see many going the same way I am, as I am riding away from downtown when I'm on the MUP. But the faces of the MUP riders coming towards me are something, with special mention going to the riders in a paceline.

 Close call, DF!


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 26, 2012, 10:10:48 AM
Although it was sunny and bright when I rode in, it is now darker than it was at 5:30 this morning, and the forecast is for possibly nasty stuff to come. It could be an exciting ride home.


"THERE IS A MODERATE RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOONAND EVENING. DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL ARE THE MAIN THREATS. LARGE HAIL IS POSSIBLE AS WELL. AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT."
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 26, 2012, 12:06:14 PM
Hopefully that will keep the pushers, dopers, whores, gang bangers, and armed wackos indoors.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 26, 2012, 03:24:01 PM
It will keep most of them indoors.  But all the really crazy ones will still be outside:).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 26, 2012, 08:12:52 PM
Flatted on the way home.  Wasn't terrible, as it was only mid-90s instead of upper 90s.  Though I think the heat loosened the glue on the patch (stick on) that I had on the tube.  My fault, those things aren't really meant to be ridden on except for getting home, I was just lazy and didn't change it for a new tube.

No MUP wars today, only the friendly offers of help from the local freds.  Nice guys, when they aren't trying to emasculate me by blowing by and ringing their bells.  Apparently they didn't recognize my tire changing skills.


http://app.strava.com/rides/14780417 (http://app.strava.com/rides/14780417)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 27, 2012, 09:04:09 AM
Note to self.... put a bell on the fredline commuter....  :lol:


Actually, to be street legal, bikes in NJ are required to have a bell or other audible device on them


" 39:4-11 Audible Signal. [/size]A bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away, but not a siren or whistle. "


which means NONE of my bicycles is street legal...  :shh:


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on July 27, 2012, 09:11:32 AM
Note to self.... put a bell on the fredline commuter....  :lol:


Actually, to be street legal, bikes in NJ are required to have a bell or other audible device on them


" 39:4-11 Audible Signal. A bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away, but not a siren or whistle. "


which means NONE of my bicycles is street legal...  :shh:




May I suggest a Clown Horn? 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on July 27, 2012, 09:55:05 AM
Note to self.... put a bell on the fredline commuter....  :lol:


Actually, to be street legal, bikes in NJ are required to have a bell or other audible device on them


" 39:4-11 Audible Signal. A bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away, but not a siren or whistle. "


which means NONE of my bicycles is street legal...  :shh:





Can we argue you're an audible device?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on July 27, 2012, 10:56:43 AM

May I suggest a Clown Horn?


TWSS
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 27, 2012, 11:40:02 AM
I have a real nice brass stem mounted commuter bell that you can have, just send me a PM. I don't use it anymore, I just mow the idiots down.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on July 27, 2012, 11:54:12 AM
I don't use it anymore, I just mow the idiots down.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on July 27, 2012, 02:31:03 PM
I figure as an audible device, I am a better one than a bell because I not only make a sound I tell you where I am...


Unless I am Fred racing someone... Then I just blow by them coming as close as possible without making contact...


RU, Fred is a refined bicycle, a clown horn would ruin his lines and make a farce of him


Shovel - a brass bell might work with Fred's color scheme... I'll think on it...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on July 27, 2012, 02:47:42 PM
The theory is, a bell cuts through in a way that the human voice doesn't. Evidently, the human voice gets lost in the background to human ears.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on July 27, 2012, 04:21:12 PM
Bell works way better for the morons who have their music pumped up.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 31, 2012, 10:41:10 AM
I rode to work this morning, there was tire screeching, finger waving, F bombs dropped, etc.  Some of the tire screeching was mine, some was from a car, separate incidents.

I almost pulled a Cancellara in the Olympic RR when some idiot started to pull out in from of me just before a turn on a 40+ mph descent, I probably looked like this  :wha: .  Before the turn tho, it's a long straight downhill so there is no reason they should not have seen me coming, whew!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on July 31, 2012, 10:52:45 AM
That does not sound relaxing.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 31, 2012, 11:11:02 AM
20 of the miles were nice, a few weren't.  It's all good as long as I don't get runned over or fall off.

I spoke to my buddy yesterday, he told me Saturday some dude in a truck tried to cut him off, he flipped the dude the bird, dude got out and wanted to fight, luckily my buddy talked him out of it, my friend is a skinny dude, would not have put up much of a fight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 31, 2012, 11:33:58 AM
People are fantastic, aren't they?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 31, 2012, 01:10:58 PM
Yes they are, yes they are.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 01, 2012, 08:47:31 AM
Today's ride in was a pleasure. Yesterday I took the single-speed so today I did it again. More fun. Foggy in lower areas, but it sure made the sunrise something else. Eye candy from nature the whole way in.


No getting passed by some moron while I'm signalling to turn left and there's oncoming traffic (like yesterday's ride home).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 01, 2012, 09:06:19 AM
 :thumbsup:

Some wet weather and no clean clothes at work meant I had to drive the car today, tomorrow I will ride in, I also have a security auditor coming in from one of our clients, he will have to endure the smell of sweaty clothes drying in my office as we talk shop :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 01, 2012, 02:59:13 PM
It was 113 for the ride home yesterday :( .  The bike is staying in the garage until this breaks.  88deg when I drove TO work this morning at 6am. :hammer:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: scooterhoot on August 01, 2012, 06:55:50 PM
Calm winds this morning with a good average speed...14.6 over 8.1 miles. But on the return trip heading west into a NW wind slowed me down a bit. A good day.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 01, 2012, 07:51:43 PM
It was 113 for the ride home yesterday :( .  The bike is staying in the garage until this breaks.  88deg when I drove TO work this morning at 6am. :hammer:


F that.


Decent headwind the whole way home today (~18 miles). Not exactly the best thing when riding a single-speed bike with rack, trunk bag and panniers. I survived. Felt like a 1 hour climb though. Good workout nonetheless.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 03, 2012, 08:01:46 AM
It was 113 for the ride home yesterday :( .  The bike is staying in the garage until this breaks.  88deg when I drove TO work this morning at 6am. :hammer:
I lied.  My wife (who has now been riding for 2 months) said last night, "F*** the heat.  I feel so much better when we ride to work, lets ride in tomorrow".  So we did.  I am now bathed in sweat despite a Z1-2 ride for me, with one full out sprint at the end. 84deg. Very humid, and a big black cloud over the office.  We'll see what she says tonight when we ride home.  :shh:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 03, 2012, 08:36:36 AM
I love your wife as much as you do.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 03, 2012, 10:14:22 AM
I love your wife as much as you do.

Well said.

Kudo's to the RUOkie family.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 03, 2012, 10:15:25 AM
Calm winds this morning with a good average speed...14.6 over 8.1 miles. But on the return trip heading west into a NW wind slowed me down a bit. A good day.

Welcome!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 03, 2012, 10:16:26 AM
I love your wife as much as you do.
:lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 03, 2012, 10:17:15 AM
Calm winds this morning with a good average speed...14.6 over 8.1 miles. But on the return trip heading west into a NW wind slowed me down a bit. A good day.
sorry I missed this post.
 
Welcome to the asylum!   ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 03, 2012, 11:23:41 AM
sorry I missed this post.
 
Welcome to the asylum!   ;)


+2.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 03, 2012, 12:25:15 PM

+2.
+3

This week was the first one in about 6 that I haven't ridden to work at least 2x, damnit.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 03, 2012, 01:38:01 PM
I can't wait to start commuting again.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 03, 2012, 07:07:47 PM
Well that was horrible.  111 or 112 when we left the office with 20+mph wind out of the south.  The 8.5 mile commute took 35 min. My wife stopped sweating and didn't restart for 10 min inside.  We set a 108 deg expected high to ride.  This was downright unhealthy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 03, 2012, 09:51:59 PM
I can't wait to start commuting again.


Me neither.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 03, 2012, 09:53:30 PM
Today on my way home, I was cruising along at 18-20 mph for a time and an icecream truck pulled out behind me at one point... and they followed me for some 3 miles until I turned onto a MUP... It was blaring a musak version of "we wish you a merry christmas". 


I need to train the driver better. I signaled for the driver to come up... it was hot and humid and I wanted and ice cream sammich feed... but he just stayed behind me... :/



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Post by: WCroadie on August 06, 2012, 12:01:22 PM
Bastard!
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 07, 2012, 10:53:53 AM
Nice ride in, except for a right-hook attempt. Dumb ass figured they had to get around me fast to get right on the bumper of the other car that turned just ahead of me. Must have been so important to get to the stop sign about 50' after the turn that my safety didn't matter.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 07, 2012, 12:14:35 PM
 :lol:

I've been pleasantly surprised by the courtesy I've been shown from the motorists on the last couple of rides  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 07, 2012, 12:36:48 PM
The dual six guns might have something to do with it.

Rest week next week with some easy workouts, so if the weather holds and the family obligations line up, I might be commuting
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 09, 2012, 08:31:17 AM
Couple raindrops as I neared home yesterday. Not enough to get anything wet. Few drops as I left the house this morning, but that was it. Nice rides in. Cool weather is a nice change.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 09, 2012, 08:13:22 PM
Rain the entire ride home. Had a grin the whole time. People looked at me weird. Not sure why.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 10, 2012, 03:28:12 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on August 10, 2012, 03:57:58 PM
I commuted in today. It was early. My legs were tired.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 15, 2012, 09:42:52 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 15, 2012, 11:42:24 AM
Rain the entire ride home. Had a grin the whole time. People looked at me weird. Not sure why.


I commuted in today. It was early. My legs were tired.

Awesome
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on August 15, 2012, 11:53:42 AM
http://app.strava.com/activities/18605656


did it again. bought a nice super-light marmot hiking backpack that I much much prefer riding with to my chrome bag. Using commutes as recovery rides.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 15, 2012, 12:36:30 PM
Smoky

(http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/7522/hazeq.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/hazeq.jpg/)

This is all from the fires in the PNW, Montana, etc.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on August 15, 2012, 12:39:10 PM
Smoky



This is all from the fires in the PNW, Montana, etc.


Cannot be good for your lungs.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 17, 2012, 02:43:47 PM
Is that a roller coaster I see, where are you?

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 17, 2012, 05:27:26 PM
That roller coaster is at 6 Flags Elitch Gardens, which is near downtown. I took the pic from the walk at Sports Authority Field, which is west of downtown Denver. I'll try to remember to get another pic on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 20, 2012, 08:29:25 PM
Cool, I love roller coasters.


Weather and personal commitments should allow me to commute tomorrow and wednesday, I missed all last week.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 21, 2012, 08:20:56 AM
Finally got to commute to again today, 60 degrees and a little mist at the start, warmed up nicely tho.  The days are getting shorter :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 21, 2012, 08:52:39 AM
Sadly, they are. Thursday commute/recovery ride for me. I can't wait. It has been in the high 40's, low 50's here in the mornings.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 21, 2012, 09:34:12 AM
(http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/3427/downtowng.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/downtowng.jpg/)

(http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/8425/milehigh.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/528/milehigh.jpg/)

Downtown, and Sports Authority Field, where Payton Manning will be playing. We have a football team that plays there too. :)

Shorter days for sure, and the headlight is on the commuter.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on August 21, 2012, 11:36:50 AM
nope


 :'(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 21, 2012, 12:03:45 PM
Awesome pics, I need to go to that amusement park
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 22, 2012, 04:54:41 PM
The commute to work was humdrum...


The commute home was almost exciting  :bday:


First, the entrance to the park was closed due to road work so I had to find a different way home - meaning exploring a new and somewhat sketchy neighborhood in Newark. I figured out a reasonable work-around and then realized that I was heading right into a storm....


Started with raindrops the size of water balloons falling out of the sky and that rapidly turned into marble sized hail - the big marbles, not the everyday little ones... I only had to go a few blocks in the hail (and wait out one red light) but in that time the rain and hail caused the roads to turn into rivers with water 6 - 8 inches deep at the curb. Lots of fun to play in - or it would have been fun to play in had I not been getting the s**t kicked out of me by the hail. 


I am super glad I had 1) lights on my bike and 2) was wearing a helmet! The hail hitting my bare arms has left bruises...


Gorgeous skies though - I really love stormy skies and thunderstorms...


Oh, did I mention the rain and hail were accompanied by thunder and lightning? Close enough that the flash and the bang came at the same time...


As I said - almost exciting...


Now, 30 minutes later, the sky is blue, the clouds are out, and the rivers in the roads have receded to being only 2 inches deep.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on August 22, 2012, 04:55:57 PM
Wow, we got none of that down here. Glad it was nothing more than an adventure.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on August 22, 2012, 05:44:05 PM
Wow, DF!  I'm glad you are ok.  I rode in a hailstorm once, and do not have a happy memory of it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 22, 2012, 06:12:21 PM
I have been caught out in a number of hail storms - most of them I was close to home when the hail started. One of those storms led to every house on my street getting a new roof!  Those were golf balls coming out of the sky and hard... but I rode the interval of my life to get home ahead of that storm - getting hit by rain 1/2 mile from home, and having the small hail start 1/4 mile from home, and having the golf balls start pounding down as I turned into the driveway.


Lot of dented cars, damaged roofs, and a few broken windows in my part of town from that storm in early 2009.


This one was "mild" in comparison.


I don't mind storms. Though i would have been a little grumpier if the storm had caught me on the way into work.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 23, 2012, 09:19:54 AM
Glad you made it safe and sound.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 23, 2012, 10:59:13 AM
Glad you made it safe and sound.

+1.

My commute today was glorious. 60 degrees, sunny, a little ground fog. AP target under 200W. So nice. Lots of critters on the MUP. Waved to a couple of gorgeous ladies riding the opposite way.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 23, 2012, 11:08:54 AM
Indeed that sounds glorious!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 24, 2012, 12:02:34 PM
Lovely sounding ride in Shovel!


I think autumn is my favorite commuting season... I know it isn't fall yet, but there have been a few mornings where the breeze has carried a hint of the scent of autumn, and I have seen a few places where leaves are actually starting to show a bit of yellow.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on August 27, 2012, 09:04:21 AM
Autumn is my favorite time of the year, tho it means winter is right around the corner.  But it's funny, I noticed the same scent Saturday morning and just after leaving my house, I noticed a few leaves falling from the trees as I rode past.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: scooterhoot on August 28, 2012, 07:21:45 PM
Dark dodging road junk followed by work the a strong crossing head wind dodging road junk :wha:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on August 28, 2012, 07:23:27 PM
Autumn is my favorite time of the year, tho it means winter is right around the corner.  But it's funny, I noticed the same scent Saturday morning and just after leaving my house, I noticed a few leaves falling from the trees as I rode past.


Here, too. The light has taken a decidedly golden tone, even at 3 or 4 when there are hours of daylight left.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 29, 2012, 07:40:22 AM
What a gorgeous ride in this morning. Low 60's, cool breeze, and relatively low humidity compared to recent weeks. There was almost no traffic in the park due to construction, and the detour I take around the construction brings me past the east side of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. This morning that meant going by it at the morning golden hour. It is a beautiful building in general, but even more when glowing gold in the light of a rising sun.[/size]Even better there was a brown lacewing (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) on my bike locker when I arrived on campus. cool. dry. photos of a glowing cathedral. photos of a glowing hemerobiid, a bike ride. Great start to the day


This is in comparison to yesterday where it started raining hard a block into my 7 mile commute and stopped a block from the end of my commute... The light was not golden yesterday ... it wasn't there at all. The morning and the rain were warm though, so it wasn't a completely unpleasant ride in.
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Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 29, 2012, 08:13:58 AM

Dragonfly, that sounds about perfect. Lucky you!!

I have had to drive in today and yesterday (yesterday was a day off after 111 miles Sunday and commuting my 34.5 on Monday).


Driving into work sucks.

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on August 30, 2012, 10:13:28 AM
I have had to drive in today and yesterday (yesterday was a day off after 111 miles Sunday and commuting my 34.5 on Monday).

Driving into work sucks.


I don't have a car to drive to work... so it is ride or ride or if I want to get off work and need to get sick, take the train.  The last time I took the train to work, the train was full of people coughing and sneezing and it seemed like 90% of them were making no effort to cover their nose/mouth when they coughed and sneezed...


This morning it was almost cold riding in wearing a t-shirt.  :thumbsup:  That made me VERY happy. I like being almost cold. Much better than being almost to warm or even just plain warm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on August 30, 2012, 10:20:04 AM
We had arm warmer cold last week, then it got hot again. 70 degrees this morning, and remember, this is a dry heat.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on August 30, 2012, 10:46:58 AM
It was in the low 40's this morning here. It's a day off the bike, so no commute. I'm only about a week away from getting back to commuting regularly.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 30, 2012, 01:18:42 PM
This morning was very pleasant for a ride in - right around 60 degrees. Trailered the boy to daycare, dumped the trailer back off at home (it's only 1/4 mile to day care). He loves trailer days.


Going to be in the mid-upper 90s for the ride home this afternoon. That's not bad; but the 20mph wind will be. It's out of the southwest today. Well, my route is south and west. Poop.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on August 30, 2012, 01:22:17 PM
This morning was very pleasant for a ride in - right around 60 degrees. Trailered the boy to daycare, dumped the trailer back off at home (it's only 1/4 mile to day care). He loves trailer days.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 30, 2012, 08:32:54 PM
Yup, that wind sucked. :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on September 06, 2012, 11:34:57 AM
Rode in today for the first time in awhile.  May be a little wet on the way home.  My powertap is either broken or I lost less fitness than I thought with all my time off.  That's encouraging. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 07, 2012, 04:26:06 PM
I haven't commuted in a couple weeks, probably won't again this year as once school is back in all the people drive like maniacs.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on September 10, 2012, 01:28:27 PM
I haven't commuted in a couple weeks, probably won't again this year as once school is back in all the people drive like maniacs.


Next weekend we move. Then my commute is a 4-mile straight shot. I will be doing it in my street clothes on my campus bike. Cannot wait. It takes 30 min to drive the 4 miles in traffic with stop signs. It takes about 18-20 min to ride at a non-sweating pace, past the lines of cars queued at stopsigns. Suckers.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on September 10, 2012, 01:47:17 PM
I took my wife on our test run for our commute yesterday during our ride (through 'the hood'). Now she realizes that it is not as far as she thought (16miles by car, but only 9 by bike).  We start commuting again on Friday (tuesdays and fridays are our only possible days, and I have a meeting tomorrow night)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 14, 2012, 03:40:01 PM
Delightful. It's been a long time. I took the race bike and had clothes ready at work. It was in the high fifties this morning, but it can drop ten degrees in the hollows with the fog, so I wore knee and arm warmers. It will be in the high 70's-80's on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on September 14, 2012, 03:55:39 PM
Delightful. It's been a long time. I took the race bike and had clothes ready at work. It was in the high fifties this morning, but it can drop ten degrees in the hollows with the fog, so I wore knee and arm warmers. It will be in the high 70's-80's on the way home.
We didn't ride today.  Pouring rain all day.  I'll ride in the rain, I'll ride in the dark.  I will not ride in the dark when it is raining that hard.  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on September 14, 2012, 04:02:08 PM
We didn't ride today.  Pouring rain all day.  I'll ride in the rain, I'll ride in the dark.  I will not ride in the dark when it is raining that hard.  :(

MS ride tomorrow.. should be nice and rainy, but not dark. Yay.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on September 14, 2012, 04:08:09 PM
MS ride tomorrow.. should be nice and rainy, but not dark. Yay.
should be a long dirty road.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on September 14, 2012, 04:10:33 PM
Delightful. It's been a long time. I took the race bike and had clothes ready at work. It was in the high fifties this morning, but it can drop ten degrees in the hollows with the fog, so I wore knee and arm warmers. It will be in the high 70's-80's on the way home.

Good deal shovelhd.

That sounds like my ride. I cross 3 rivers...  Well....  Rivers here, streams there, and at each one, the temps drop. My biggest dilemma is where I store the extra clothes on a day that has a 40-50 degree swing.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 14, 2012, 04:19:23 PM
Right. My jersey pockets will be full on the way home with the warmers and a base layer. Beats taking the commuter bike with the panniers.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 17, 2012, 04:09:55 PM
Once I start at the new place, a shower may be in my future for commutes, hells yeah!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 17, 2012, 04:11:44 PM

Next weekend we move. Then my commute is a 4-mile straight shot. I will be doing it in my street clothes on my campus bike. Cannot wait. It takes 30 min to drive the 4 miles in traffic with stop signs. It takes about 18-20 min to ride at a non-sweating pace, past the lines of cars queued at stopsigns. Suckers.
That's awesome!  I do like getting workouts in on the ride to/from work tho and being home for dinner with the family.

My commuting days for 2012 are over, sucks cause weather has been soooo nice.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 17, 2012, 04:31:35 PM
I officially hate you.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 17, 2012, 06:58:15 PM
 :o




I know that's not true!  :D
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on September 18, 2012, 10:12:35 AM
Look at my new commute!


http://app.strava.com/activities/22380952 (http://app.strava.com/activities/22380952)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 18, 2012, 03:46:40 PM
Damn, that's nice!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 18, 2012, 09:08:12 PM
AWESOME!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on September 19, 2012, 01:32:42 PM
now I have options.


this morning is my first alternate route: http://app.strava.com/rides/22485595


pretty sweet to have a 400ft hill out my front door.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 20, 2012, 09:56:03 AM
Chilly. A little touch of frost on the meadow. I wore a base layer, arm and leg warmers, full finger gloves, and was rocking the HZ/PBR jersey.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 20, 2012, 10:16:08 AM
Similar here Shovel. No frost this morning though (yesterday was below freezing). Can't complain even though it's a bit chilly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 20, 2012, 11:12:05 AM
I have not been commuting regularly so this was a shock to my system. It will take a few weeks to adapt.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 25, 2012, 08:12:19 AM
36 degrees this morning. These are the days where I have to hit it pretty hard right up front just to keep from getting a chill. The route I took has a 40mph downhill, and I used the breaks for the first 1/3 of it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 25, 2012, 09:19:21 AM
Nice.
It's been a bit tippley here too, 42 this morning went I went out to run :shh:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on September 25, 2012, 10:58:46 AM
45 degrees today, and the first day in a windbreaker instead of a t-shirt and arm warmers. Supposed to rain today, with a high of around 60, which is the only reason I decided to break out the outerwear. I have no trouble riding in the rain, and sort of enjoy it in moderation, and as long as the bike has fenders. Was good to break out the "dresser".  :)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img812/6129/dsc00395tp.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/dsc00395tp.jpg/)

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 25, 2012, 12:04:09 PM
Pretty nice this morning, right about 50 degrees. Light tailwind for the ride in. The old Trek Elance smoothly got me there.


Only got buzzed 3 times and near right-hooked once. Oh well.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 27, 2012, 08:57:01 AM
High 50's and very foggy this morning. I needed the lights front and back. I hit a squirrel just as I started down a fast decent. A few milliseconds later and he would have been caught in my front wheel, which would have taken me down. It's just been that kind of year, dodging bullets.

There's a 54cm Conquest Pro frame just like my 52cm on eBay right now. My frame is a little small, but I've managed to dial the fit in as best as I can. I am considering pulling the trigger and selling the 52cm.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 27, 2012, 12:46:30 PM
Them damn squirrels are out to get us. A while back I had one dart out in road in the middle of a corner. He was carrying a big green walnut. He ran out, dropped the walnut in my path and darted back off the road. Luckily I missed the nut. It's probably revenge for all the ones I killed when I was younger.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 27, 2012, 01:35:08 PM
So it's all your fault!!!!!!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 27, 2012, 01:43:58 PM
Yeah, probably :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on September 27, 2012, 07:36:00 PM
The ride home was delightful. My legs keep asking for a workout so I let them run for a while. I'm sure I lost some top end but the midrange is strong as hell.

I made some adjustments to the saddle position, and it really helped. I figured out what I need to change, not the frame, the shifters. The 5600 are very different than the 5700, which are more like my 7900. I snagged a set of take-offs from ST. I'll sell my 5600 shifters and be out around $50. I think I'll look for a cheap set of Ergosums so the cockpit will be very similar to the Felt.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on September 27, 2012, 09:02:53 PM
Good deal shovel!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 01, 2012, 09:49:28 AM
I rode into work this morning after being sick all weekend and off the bike for three days. Oof. I could put out the power but it was a struggle.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 01, 2012, 10:07:57 AM
That's a weird feeling, isn't it? I hate getting back on the bike after being sick. But, then again, it's a lot better than not riding!

My commute was on the cool side this morning. 34 degrees when I left the house at 5:30. No breeze out there at all, so that was great. Sunrise was gorgeous. Skunk on the side of the road wasn't. Took the single-speed again.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 01, 2012, 10:39:59 AM
That's a weird feeling, isn't it? I hate getting back on the bike after being sick. But, then again, it's a lot better than not riding!

Yeah. I almost rode yesterday but I'd feel good, then crappy, then good, then crappy. Not worth it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on October 01, 2012, 11:49:47 AM
My commute this morning was good. All 15min of it. It was crisp but not cold.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 01, 2012, 11:56:14 AM
I would love to have a 15 minute bike commute.


Then I'd probably miss my hour-long commutes.  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on October 01, 2012, 12:19:28 PM
Mine has options to extend it which are quite nice. I'm very happy with our new home location!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 01, 2012, 12:25:24 PM
I noticed your map(s) a while ago when you posted them. Yeah, nice setup you have there  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 01, 2012, 12:48:54 PM
15 minutes is a little too short for me. If that's what it came down to, I'd ride a MTB and casual clothes instead of a kit.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on October 01, 2012, 12:50:49 PM
15 min is street-clothes slow. Built in recovery ride.




And to other commuters, remember the time of year. Now that the sun is low on the horizon at commute hours, anyone approaching you from the direction of your shadow is probably blinded by the sun. Be wary. I've had a greater-than-usual number of people pulling through stopsigns way too close to me lately.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 01, 2012, 12:55:21 PM
I think a street clothes commute would be great. Having to kit up, pedal, shower, work, kit up, pedal, shower is a PITA at times.

Still better than driving.

Good point on the sun angles. Can be downright nasty at times. Best to be out early or late and avoid that if your commute puts you in a position where you can't easily be seen. It'd be nice if motorists would actually slow down when they can't see...but we know that's not likely to happen (and a couple years ago, it resulted in cyclists deaths here).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 01, 2012, 12:57:18 PM
I've been riding with front and rear lights on for the last week.

Kitting up for a 35-50 minute commute is no big deal. I have my commuter bike set up pretty close to the road bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 02, 2012, 08:40:30 AM
Another gorgeous commute into work this morning. I'll try and keep taking this same shot as the leaves start to turn on the ridge. We are seeing splashes of color in the hollows and in the swamps. I'll try and take some shots of those this afternoon.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/sunrise.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 02, 2012, 08:54:14 AM
Very nice!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 02, 2012, 12:40:40 PM
yeah it is, jealous
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 08, 2012, 08:48:48 AM
It was damp and foggy this morning on the way in. The home thermometer showed 41 degrees. The Garmin varied between 34 and 39. My legs were crap after a day off yesterday. It took 20 minutes to make any power and 10 more to loosen up.

I will find out tonight if I have to report for jury duty tomorrow. That could mess up this week's commute.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 08, 2012, 07:59:33 PM
Again I am jealous!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 08, 2012, 08:26:50 PM
I have to report to jury duty. Some people who will remain nameless are trying to convince me to ride to the courthouse and show up in my kit.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on October 08, 2012, 09:05:19 PM
I have to report to jury duty. Some people who will remain nameless are trying to convince me to ride to the courthouse and show up in my kit.


I support those people. Need picture of you in courthouse in kit.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 09, 2012, 07:13:47 AM
+1.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 09, 2012, 08:13:12 AM
No kit. Took the truck. I was unable to convince the court officer to switch the tv to Fox News. Waiting in a hot room full of smelly people.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 09, 2012, 09:58:31 AM
No kit. Took the truck. I was unable to convince the court officer to switch the tv to Fox News. Waiting in a hot room full of smelly people.
setting yourself up as a biased juror, right?
 :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on October 09, 2012, 11:09:01 AM
fredrace with fat guy.


14min commute down to 12min!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 09, 2012, 11:11:41 AM
setting yourself up as a biased juror, right?
 :P

It's the only channel reporting on this Libyan US embassy mess.

Case was settled. Off the hook.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dnuzzomueller on October 11, 2012, 11:07:39 AM
So on my way to my internship today I got 2 flats. And Thankfully for me I just had decided to run my Cosmic Carbones, so My tube selection was quite limited, needless to say after I pulled out, patched, and re-installed the original tube, after inflating with a pump it goes flat 12 minutes later. I finally Throw my other (patched) long stem valve in and shoot it up with CO2.

God this morning sucked.

Oh yeah and the first flat happened while I was on a training loop and I had left my bag (with all my flat stuff) at the begining of it, and I flatted at the apex of the loop. Fun, fun, fun.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 11, 2012, 12:41:43 PM
Mine was a little chilly but very pretty. I'll snap some shots on the way home this afternoon.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0007.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 11, 2012, 12:45:33 PM
That's rough :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dnuzzomueller on October 11, 2012, 03:29:09 PM
Well it turns out that the "second" flat was actually because the flat I got was apparently a very very minor pinch flat where I missed the second hole with my patch. Oh well, everything is patched and good now. Watch me have a flat when I go back to my bike though :/

Atleast it is beautiful weather here in the N.E. atleast. This last week has been nothing but stupid rain and wet.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on October 11, 2012, 10:37:20 PM
There are two co-workers who ride to work some days, one on a madone, the other on a felt, there is a nice little area in the back of the building (inside) just down the hall from my desk, where these bikes are kept safe during the day...  added bonus to the new job.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 11, 2012, 10:47:11 PM
 :thumbsup: WC!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 12, 2012, 08:06:00 AM
WC, don't trust the guy on the Madone. Ride witht he guy on the Felt.

36 degrees in the hollows this morning. Base layer, SS jersey, fudgy jacket (I still owe you for that). I had a fredette pass me as I got off of the MUP and onto the main road. She was obviously giving all she had to try and stay in front of m, but I just rode her wheel at a slower than normal pace. When she unclipped, I had to go around.

Some shots from last night and this morning. The leaves are just about at peak.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0011.jpg)
(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0012.jpg)

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0013.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 17, 2012, 10:20:50 PM
29 degrees on the way in. I had to use my brakes down the hills until I warmed up. It was 50 degrees on the way home. The fall colors are just about at peak here. I took some shots but had trouble with flare. I'm not used to the iPhone camera.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0016.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 24, 2012, 08:21:18 AM
Pretty ride in this morning. It started out in the dark with my headlamp on low. I finished with it on strobe. I took this shot just before the sun started to peek over the ridge near work.

(http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l453/shovelfl/bikeforums/IMG_0022_zps745fa712.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on October 24, 2012, 09:19:53 AM
Foggy ride in this morning. Thick in spots. But, it was pretty warm (mid-50s to low 60s depending on elevation). Supposed to warm up to 75 today and be nice and sunny. Might have to extend the ride on the way home.

Haven't bike commuted in a while. Sure felt good to pedal in this morning.

Shovel, was it foggy or did you breathe on your lens prior to the shot? :) Wish it looked like that outside my workplace. Not a hill in sight here.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 24, 2012, 09:31:40 AM
It was clear as a bell. I haven't figured out this iPhone camera yet. I think it has some kind of automatic white balance or some such "feature" that is washing out the picture.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on October 24, 2012, 09:41:39 AM
It was clear as a bell. I haven't figured out this iPhone camera yet. I think it has some kind of automatic white balance or some such "feature" that is washing out the picture.


They just assumed during development that nobody would use it w/o instagram.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on October 24, 2012, 09:52:15 AM
It looks like it wasn't focused.  If you tap the screen, it will focus on that point.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 24, 2012, 12:07:02 PM

They just assumed during development that nobody would use it w/o instagram.

Insta-wut?  :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 24, 2012, 12:08:04 PM
I did not focus it manually. I thought this phone was smart enough to focus all by itself. My Android would.  :) That's for you, rog.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on October 24, 2012, 01:07:50 PM
It should auto focus.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on October 24, 2012, 06:15:09 PM
It's gonna be a wet ride home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 26, 2012, 05:28:01 PM
39deg with 15-20mph wind on the way in this morning.  Finally tested out my Verge thermal jacket.  That kicks ass!  I was toasty warm the entire ride.
 
Then I finished at the office early (my wife drove in) so I took the bike out to do some hill repeats and ride some local trails.  Rear flat.  Went to change it and ....Ooops I brought the wrong tubes!  Luckily I was only 5 miles from the office so I rode the flat back.  We will drive home.  :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 26, 2012, 05:37:39 PM
That's a great day, RU.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 26, 2012, 05:40:37 PM
That's a great day, RU.
absolutely.  I laughed when I felt the flat.  Probably not a good idea to try to jump a drainage ditch with 2-3" rocks in and around it  :D .
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 26, 2012, 05:46:00 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on October 26, 2012, 09:15:57 PM
39deg with 15-20mph wind on the way in this morning.  Finally tested out my Verge thermal jacket.  That kicks ass!  I was toasty warm the entire ride.
 
Then I finished at the office early (my wife drove in) so I took the bike out to do some hill repeats and ride some local trails.  Rear flat.  Went to change it and ....Ooops I brought the wrong tubes!  Luckily I was only 5 miles from the office so I rode the flat back.  We will drive home.  :(


you can probably make 23 tubes work in a 32 tire and vice versa, fwiw
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on October 26, 2012, 11:16:01 PM

you can probably make 23 tubes work in a 32 tire and vice versa, fwiw


Can 650 tubes be stretched to 700?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on October 26, 2012, 11:19:29 PM

Can 650 tubes be stretched to 700?


Probably, that's the idea of rubber. Probably a complete pita though. I know that ghetto tubeless for 700c cross wheels uses a 26" tube cut in half, so i'm pretty sure you could get it over the rim.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on October 27, 2012, 10:45:56 AM

you can probably make 23 tubes work in a 32 tire and vice versa, fwiw
if I had been further away
I would have tried it, but given it was the rear wheel of a ss (no QR) and not too far, I didn't want to flat a second time
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: shovelhd on October 31, 2012, 08:18:25 AM
It seems like forever since I commuted to work. 53 degrees and a light spotty rain. Winds 10-15mph from the SSE, which is not prevalent for this area. Remnants of Sandy. It made for a nice tailwind, though, and kept me mostly dry. I might have busted some Fred's Strava segment.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on October 31, 2012, 09:43:23 AM
I might have busted some Fred's Strava segment.

 :bday:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 01, 2012, 11:48:35 AM
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/some-reasons-the-bike-always-wins/ (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/some-reasons-the-bike-always-wins/)




I drove today. It's wet, I'm still weak from illness!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on November 01, 2012, 04:14:03 PM
It was kind of an odd commute today...


It was the first day Rutgers-Newark was open - or at least departments and offices were open. Classes are cancelled through Sunday. It was also my first real ride post Sandy.  As I suspected I ended up with a number of detours due to closed roads - likely trees and or power lines down. That meant pre-sunrise exploration of completely new to me sections of Newark. Wheeee!


There are still several neighborhoods in outer Newark that don't have power and several major intersections were dark - traffic lights not working and no police to direct traffic (there are just too many places without power for that).  I was a bit surprised at the number of drivers who went plowing into those dark intersections without even slowing to look for traffic coming from the other directions. At least half of the drivers didn't slow down, and I would say fewer than 5% of drivers actually stopped and treated these now dark intersections as all way stops.  It made it a bit hairy to get through, but with the new lighting on my bike I was quite visible (see the lighting thread).  I left work at 10 since despite the U being open, public transit is still down and at 10AM the offices were still locked up tight and though we had electricity the internet was down and I didn't want to be on the roads with traffic given the lack of power.  On my way home a few of the dark traffic lights were working again, but many were still out. I also noticed that just about every intersection had broken glass and debris consistent with fender benders. Also consistent with the near constant emergency vehicle sirens I have been hearing since Tuesday morning.


Incidentally, I passed several gas stations, all of which had massive lines leading up to them (the lines blocking all sorts of traffic) even at 6:30AM. On my way home a few of those gas stations had no lines anymore... but they had signs saying no gas.  All the pedestrians who saw me in the morning laughed or gave cheery comments on my lighting. Many of the drivers waiting for gas commented that they wished they had bikes.


I haven't decided if I will brave the streets tomorrow or work from home. Trains won't be running yet and without a car, the bike would be my only way in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 02, 2012, 12:00:34 AM
Thanks for the report, df. Stay safe, and your bike looks awesome with the new lights!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 02, 2012, 09:12:09 AM
I think I'll start commuting every once in a while once time changes. I don't have a really good route to work (traffic-wise) so I really dislike doing it when it is pitch black out. Looking forward to hipstering my way to work on the fixed gear tho.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 02, 2012, 10:13:25 AM
With the lights I have on me and my bike, I feel safer at night than during the day.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 02, 2012, 10:58:33 AM
yoikes. cold. 44f
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on November 02, 2012, 11:53:56 AM
I agree with LAJ with regards to commuting in the dark.


At dusk and dawn there are a lot of drivers who do not drive with lights on, making them hard to see, and I don't feel my bike lights stand out as well, making me hard to see.


When it is full dark out, almost all drivers have their lights on, meaning I can see them approaching intersections from the side and can anticipate them cutting me off if they don't see me. I can also see oncoming vehicles very well and I can tell when a car is coming up behind me. All those things make it very easy for me to know when I have to be ready for "I refuse to see you" driver maneuvers.


Plus my lights are super visible at night, increasing the chances that a driver does actually see me.


The only part of night riding I really don't like is the habit people in more rural areas seem to have of turning on their brights to double check what they are seeing.  I have spoken with a few of those people and they thought they were helping me by lighting up the road better. I told them that I appreciated the thought but that just like with oncoming drivers, their brights actually blinded me and killed my night vision for a while afterwards.  In Ithaca I almost needed to ride with sunglasses at night so I could so I could... however that song goes... 


A visored hat under the helmet did help with that a little bit... as did raising a hand up to shield my eyes.  Some drivers even immediately turned their high beams off when they saw me shading my eyes.  Or maybe it was just because they verified I was a cyclist and not a deer (carrying a light) about to run in front of them.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on November 06, 2012, 01:26:35 PM
I found some ice this morning.


My Fred-line does not yet have great ice skating skills... but practice makes perfect.


Bring on that rain/snow mix there Nor'Easter!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 07, 2012, 10:07:23 AM
First commute in quite a while today. Weather was perfect. 34ish when I left w/ very little wind. I got a bit of a late start due to trying to get things organized this morning (last minute decision to ride). Only got honked at once and also did not forget to pack boxers or a belt (two things I forget most often). I consider it a success.

http://app.strava.com/activities/27166120
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 07, 2012, 10:27:01 AM
I saw a guy running a leaf blower wearing inline roller skates. He was actually blowing the sidewalk off, and not using it as a propulsion device.

Just adding it to the things I see that don't make sense.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 09, 2012, 08:09:03 AM
Did the 12 miles in 35min.  Commutted on the road bike today since I get off at one, and gonna take the real long way home.
 
it was 52deg and windy.  Only saw 4 cars the entire ride.  Glorious!
Title: Re: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on November 09, 2012, 08:41:47 AM
Did the 12 miles in 35min.  Commutted on the road bike today since I get off at one, and gonna take the real long way home.
 
it was 52deg and windy.  Only saw 4 cars the entire ride.  Glorious!

Nice!

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 09, 2012, 11:37:12 AM
I probably need to get better at controlling myself when someone gets upset about me riding my bicycle on the road. Had a minor run-in with a guy that honked and threw his arms up as he passed me (closely) on a 4 lane road with plenty of room. Ended up catching him at the next light so I rolled up next to his passenger window and asked him to roll it down, he said no (I thought he was a badass a minute ago?). Then I asked if he wanted to talk about it. He again said no and told me I need to get on the sidewalk. Soooooo... I asked if he meant the sideWALK? Like, for walking? And he said "Yeah! and bicycles!" I told him that we belong on the road, not the sidewalk, per teh law. And then told him I realize he was probably in a hurry to get home and watch Dancing With the Stars re-runs, but it wasn't worth putting my life in jeopardy. Then I turned and headed on my merry way while he was still stuck sitting at the light.

Probably made him hate cyclists even more. Oh well. I honestly do think he probably was feeling like a real a$$ once he realized I rolled up to talk to him and that I really was an actual person.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on November 09, 2012, 01:40:23 PM
And then told him I realize he was probably in a hurry to get home and watch Dancing With the Stars re-runs

 :lol:
 
 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 09, 2012, 02:27:57 PM
Today was a good day to commute.  It is 72deg and I just got done with work  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on November 09, 2012, 02:48:33 PM
Today was a good day to commute.  It is 72deg and I just got done with work  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

It was windy as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu around here earlier. Not sure about your 'neck of the woods' tho. Nice day temp-wise tho for sure.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 09, 2012, 05:57:09 PM
My afternoon ride was BRUTAL.   The wind was very bad and I had trouble in the drops with a 15# backpack.  Thank the maker for hot tubs and Guinness
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on November 11, 2012, 02:00:40 PM

I finally feel like a legitimate member of the Bike Commuter Cabal.

I rode my bike to work today. :-)

15 miles, and I gave myself a pretty good amount of time, since I don't know the route that I'm taking, and the tab is broken on the mount for my Garmin, so I have to hold it in my hand...which is less than convenient. Turned out to be a good thing, too, as there is a couple of longish, surprisingly steep hills (12%+), and I was loaded to the gills - 25 lb bike plus 35 lbs in my panniers (mainly in the form of a very heavy chain lock).

Lovely weather for a commute, and I also got a nice surprise - the one heavily trafficked road that I have to take has a mup that goes almost the entire way.

One slight bummer - no hot water in the shower at work. But hey, shower at work, so I won't complain.

I'm a bike commuter again! Whoop!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 11, 2012, 02:08:26 PM
Nice rog.  12-15 miles is the perfect distance for me for a commute.  Any longer and I'm tempted to drive. Any less and it's almost not worth all the trouble (in the winter at least)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 11, 2012, 02:55:06 PM
I finally feel like a legitimate member of the Bike Commuter Cabal.

I rode my bike to work today. :-)

15 miles, and I gave myself a pretty good amount of time, since I don't know the route that I'm taking, and the tab is broken on the mount for my Garmin, so I have to hold it in my hand...which is less than convenient. Turned out to be a good thing, too, as there is a couple of longish, surprisingly steep hills (12%+), and I was loaded to the gills - 25 lb bike plus 35 lbs in my panniers (mainly in the form of a very heavy chain lock).

Lovely weather for a commute, and I also got a nice surprise - the one heavily trafficked road that I have to take has a mup that goes almost the entire way.

One slight bummer - no hot water in the shower at work. But hey, shower at work, so I won't complain.

I'm a bike commuter again! Whoop!


Awesome Rog! Congrats on everything.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rog on November 11, 2012, 03:18:44 PM
Nice rog.  12-15 miles is the perfect distance for me for a commute.  Any longer and I'm tempted to drive. Any less and it's almost not worth all the trouble (in the winter at least)


Yup, me too...it's a nice ride, not too long (well, not so long that I have to leave too early for work), and not too short, either.


[edit] - Thanks, LAJ!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 15, 2012, 11:32:07 AM
cold clear morning
(http://i.imgur.com/HP7Lrm.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 16, 2012, 11:34:18 AM
Wet and rainy. I need to find my better rain jacket and actual rain booties. Otherwise fine.


I rode the single speed. I forget how fun/different it is.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on November 16, 2012, 01:10:45 PM
I rode the single speed. I forget how fun/different it is.

twss
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Vicelord on November 18, 2012, 01:17:54 PM
my commute to work today was ****ty.

1. I do not like riding with a backpack.
2. I do not like riding when I feel like I have to.
3. I do not like riding with lost fitness. It was quite a bit of work to get here at a decent pace.
4. I arrived to work and waited 16 minutes for the employee changing room and when the person finally came out, it was too stinky to even enter, so I had to find an alternate restroom to change in and risk being busted by a manager.
5. did I mention I hate riding with a backpack?

11.6mi - roughly 35 minutes. Not a blistering pace.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 18, 2012, 01:48:23 PM
VL that is a solid pace with a backpack. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Vicelord on November 18, 2012, 01:59:05 PM
does backpack actually make a difference?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: umd on November 18, 2012, 03:54:57 PM
More weight, less aero, harder to breath
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 18, 2012, 05:39:56 PM
getting a really really light soft-shell camping backpack helped me a lot. It makes it feel like it's not there, and the soft case lets everything clump at the bottom so it isn't as bad with the aero.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on November 19, 2012, 06:59:16 AM
does backpack actually make a difference?
what umd said.   But I have a real hard time in the drops with my backpack. Makes my back hurt.  That's why I prefer my ss for commutting.  I pay greater attention to effort instead of speed   
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 27, 2012, 10:14:23 AM
23 degrees and a headwind. Dark, and lots of tank commanders. The real commuting season has just begun.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 27, 2012, 11:20:04 AM
I am still every-day commuting. It's cold. Dark when I go home and they dug up a gas main that has made 1/3 of my commute a steel-plate obstacle course.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on November 27, 2012, 02:22:09 PM
I am still every-day commuting. It's cold. Dark when I go home and they dug up a gas main that has made 1/3 of my commute a steel-plate obstacle course.

Urban cross practice!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on November 29, 2012, 10:17:12 AM
22 toasty degrees for the ride in this morning. Dressed well, so I was perfectly comfy. Tailwind helped too. Going to not be as nice due to that wind on the way home. Oh well, I'll be on a bike.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on November 29, 2012, 09:06:40 PM
Haven't done jack squat (bike or otherwise) in about two months.  My light finally came in, so time to get off my ass and start riding back in to work tomorrow.  Low 30s in the AM. BRR.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on November 29, 2012, 09:29:13 PM
Okay I may wuss out.  I realized I threw out my old booties at the end of last winter and never bought new ones.  Only have toe covers.  That might be too cold for that:).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on November 30, 2012, 09:23:28 AM
Low 30's is toe cover and wool sock weather.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on November 30, 2012, 09:25:53 AM
Actually felt colder this morning at 37 degrees as there's a lot of moisture in the air today vs yesterday. Still a nice ride in. Should be a very pleasant ride home once the low clouds burn off.


Mid 50s forecasted for the weekend; low 60s on Monday. I'll be on the bike a bit.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on November 30, 2012, 02:04:08 PM
Low 30's is toe cover and wool sock weather.

Not for me.  Inherited some poor extremity circulation from my dad, so hands and feet get cold fast. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 30, 2012, 02:45:50 PM
Not for me.  Inherited some poor extremity circulation from my dad, so hands and feet get cold fast.


Me too!


When I am hypochondriacing I like to believe I have Reynaud's!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on November 30, 2012, 03:06:10 PM
My dad has Reynauds.  So I imagine I'll have it really develop some time in the next 30 years.  For now it's just cold/numb fingers at relatively not-too-cold temperatures.  Toe covers and light gloves in the 50s and 60s.  Booties and warm gloves when it gets down to 40-45.  Last two years I've basically failed at finding any combo that keeps me warm enough down into the high 20s/low 30s, and just given up on the outdoor riding in those temps.

I could probably wear bibs and a short sleeve jersey, but would need a warm hat, gloves, and booties to keep my ears/fingers/toes from falling off.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on November 30, 2012, 03:11:58 PM
for me nothing works. if it's <50f my fingers are going numb, even if I wear full ski gloves.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on November 30, 2012, 08:29:20 PM
A guy at work rolled in this morning with heated gloves. We had a good discussion on how awesome that is.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: umd on December 01, 2012, 01:37:01 AM
When I am hypochondriacing I like to believe I have Reynaud's!

If it's 60 degrees and you look down and your fingers are white, then you might. Otherwise probably not.

My dad has Reynauds.  So I imagine I'll have it really develop some time in the next 30 years.

My dad has it and I've always had it. If you have it, you have it; I don't think it really "develops" with age.

Fwiw, I sometimes have my fingers go white in the summer. Keeping the wind off of them is the biggest thing for me, which is why I always wear long finger gloves.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on December 03, 2012, 09:59:14 AM
Huh.  Yah, my dad never really had issues when he was younger, but has to wear gloves when its under 50 or 60 or so now.  Maybe he just has some different circulatory issue. 

I rode today for the first time in 2+ months.  Did about 300kJ on my commute in (it's about 500 back because it's downhill/uphill) and my legs feel like I did 1000.  Im in terrible shape.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on December 03, 2012, 10:51:39 AM
Huh.  Yah, my dad never really had issues when he was younger, but has to wear gloves when its under 50 or 60 or so now.  Maybe he just has some different circulatory issue. 

I rode today for the first time in 2+ months.  Did about 300kJ on my commute in (it's about 500 back because it's downhill/uphill) and my legs feel like I did 1000.  Im in terrible shape.


With two months off it's going to feel foreign. Check back next week!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on December 03, 2012, 11:28:43 AM
Holy cow. I'm sorry to hear of the circulatory issues you guys face.

Gale force crosswinds on the way in, but it should be way more better on the way home.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: umd on December 03, 2012, 12:48:26 PM
Huh.  Yah, my dad never really had issues when he was younger, but has to wear gloves when its under 50 or 60 or so now.  Maybe he just has some different circulatory issue. 

It's worth mentioning that there are actually two separate but related conditions. Primary Reynaud's is it's own cause and doesn't really change over time. Secondary is caused by other things, and the condition can vary as a result. I have Primary, but I can see Secondary getting worse over time.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on December 03, 2012, 01:57:23 PM
I think tonight may be short sleeves and bibs weather.  Approaching 70* now.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on December 03, 2012, 07:17:40 PM
Bad news: broke my chain.
Good news: I was only 150 yards away from a bike shop.  Absolutely the most convienent place I could have done it.
Bad news: got gouged on the price.
Good news: Made it home safe and sound with nothing but a monetary penalty.
Bad news: A guy biking the other way yelled at me: "too bright!"
Good news: My new $30 chinese light is really damn bright on high.  Turned it down and it was still okay:).  I guess that high setting is only for when you are alone in the middle of nowhere.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on December 04, 2012, 11:15:18 AM
Some days are certainly better than others.

In the 20's, a couple miles from home, flat front tire. No sweat, get it changed, find the offending goathead, or whatever it was. Give it a few pumps to seat it all, pull the pump off, and the presta core is bent at a pretty severe angle. Put the CO2 on it, and hope for the best. Pull the CO2 device off, and the core comes with it. Pull that tube out, put a little air in the one I'm ready to install, and it doesn't hold. A hole right by the valve stem....

 3 tubes laying by the side of the road, and I'm on my last one, and last CO2 cartridge. Better work, and it did. Decided to ride home, and drive the truck in.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on December 04, 2012, 11:50:24 AM
Bad news: A guy biking the other way yelled at me: "too bright!"
Dick Move: My new $30 chinese light is really damn bright on high.  Turned it down and it was still okay:). 
I guess that high setting is only for when you are alone in the middle of nowhere.




(http://i.imgur.com/w4fVk.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on December 05, 2012, 08:26:54 PM
My $30 chinese light broke.  Who would have thought?  It did actually seem very well made based on the packaging and finishing.  But that was only my 2nd ride with it.  Rode a few miles to the bike store, bought a cheap-ish light that was enough to get me home, and continued on my way.  Need to get a new one that's good.  I guess it's like cheap bibs I got when I started out...I won't make the mistake again:).
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Quel on December 05, 2012, 09:23:05 PM
In hindsight, I may have shorted the battery, because I had it stored next to my sweaty hat all day.  I charged it for a minute and it appears to be working.  But it makes me a bit gun shy.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on December 10, 2012, 11:27:05 AM
10, warmed up to over 20 by the time I arrived to work. Lucky for me the wind was blowing, which helped warm it up. Yep. Commuting season is real now.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on December 10, 2012, 11:53:17 AM
It was freezing here. Below 50 if my thermometer is to be trusted.



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on December 14, 2012, 11:04:52 AM
cold as ass and pretty scenic
(http://i.imgur.com/3Y8yyl.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on December 17, 2012, 08:20:53 AM
That's a cool pic.  We've had some unseasonably warm days here of late, I've been tempted to ride in, but 1hr + commutes in total darkness isn't something I am comfortable with.  The ride in is doable and I do that in the early spring, but the ride home, with roads filled with idiot drivers even more nutty cause it's the holidays...  not a risk I am willing to take.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 03, 2013, 08:27:50 AM
This week marks one year of bike commuting into downtown Newark.


I am astounded.


In that time, in the neighborhoods I ride through and to, there have been a couple of car-jackings, a hit and run that left behind a seriously injured pedestrian, and in the last two weeks of December, 25 armed robberies, 3 of which occurred over the course of 2 days on my campus.


Given all that, I have survived unscathed and only minimally traumatized by a single incident of an angry driver verbally threatening to run me over, and one driver telling me to get off the $%&!#^$ road after she nearly hit me because she ran a stop sign. 


That is not to say I haven't had to be vigilant to avoid being doored, right hooked, left hooked, and t-boned by people who did not appear to see me... but if you had asked me 3 years ago if I could picture myself riding regularly in such an urban setting, much less one with the overwhelmingly negative reputation that Newark has, I would have laughed at the very thought of it.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on January 03, 2013, 05:10:27 PM
That is not to say I haven't had to be vigilant to avoid being doored, right hooked, left hooked, and t-boned by people who did not appear to see me... but if you had asked me 3 years ago if I could picture myself riding regularly in such an urban setting, much less one with the overwhelmingly negative reputation that Newark has, I would have laughed at the very thought of it.




Good to hear you are getting along in the city.  You must be a pretty defensive rider if you only got yelled at a few times.  What bike are you using for Winter riding?




I've really been amazed at the changes in mindset and infrastructure that came about in MN the last few years.  It is possible to ride a devoted bike path most times and bike lanes a good deal of the rest. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 03, 2013, 05:35:50 PM
Nice DF. I'm glad you're surviving as well as you are.

I think this morning was the coldest commute ever for me. Left side of my glasses fogged up, and refused to clear, my water bottle still had ice in it after 45 minutes inside, and I was cold.
 It felt good.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 04, 2013, 06:25:05 PM
What bike are you using for Winter riding?




Rando - I ride the same bike I commute on during the summer - a fixed gear Redline 925. Haven't had much winter to deal with though - nothing as cold as LAJ had described - coldest commute thus far here was around 20F. Haven't had much snow either. If it gets icy, I will just slap on my studded tires.


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gdi8s-8xFDkl2qJ3mk68MdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink



Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on January 04, 2013, 06:35:22 PM
[size=78%]https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gdi8s-8xFDkl2qJ3mk68MdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gdi8s-8xFDkl2qJ3mk68MdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink)[/size]


 :bday:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on January 04, 2013, 09:19:53 PM
...

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gdi8s-8xFDkl2qJ3mk68MdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/gdi8s-8xFDkl2qJ3mk68MdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink)


That's awesome!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on January 04, 2013, 10:31:35 PM
I thought that was a Christmas decoration for your porch at first.  That was just so much more than I even know what to comment about.  I bet I could watch a gif of that in motion for hours and still find new lights.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 05, 2013, 03:44:26 PM
I have no idea how it looks in motion... as the only times it has been in motion with my o-dark thirty commute setup on it has been when I have been riding it.  Post Hurricane Sandy when I was riding through neighborhoods with no power and no gas for people to put in their cars, there were a lot more pedestrians out and about, and they overwhelmingly told me the bike looks cool like that...


 ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on January 05, 2013, 04:59:06 PM
I love that redline.  I'm embarrassed to say that I have not ridden to work except on weekends for 2 months.  I'll get back to it soon

Promise
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 05, 2013, 06:38:31 PM
Awesome, DF. Like Rando, I could admire that pic for a good slice of time.


Nothing worse than life getting in the way of the bike, RUOkie. It happens.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 05, 2013, 06:40:45 PM
RU, any riding to work is a pedal stroke in the right direction - it is not practical for everyone to ride all the time.


Whichever one of the new kittehs is in your new avatar is giving quite the laser eyed stare... are you sure it is safe to be around them in the dark if you have no one with you?!?!?!?!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on January 05, 2013, 10:12:40 PM
I am quite sure those kittens are extremely dangerous.  They will kill me if they can.  If I leave a bathroom door open for more than 10 min the toilet paper will be destroyed.  They pounce and attack most nights at 3 am.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 06, 2013, 11:38:33 AM
3AM is a bit early for a wake-up call don't you think?  :sleepy:


You need to harness their energy... we have electric assisted bicycles... why not Evil-kitteh assisted bicycles?  Just think how fast your commute would go! Of course they would destroy all the paper gowns and terrorize the patients at the office...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on January 06, 2013, 11:50:14 AM
 :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on January 08, 2013, 09:21:13 AM
Little bit chilly this morning, 20 degrees, but it was a nice ride in. Should be pretty decent going home since it should get up to 38 today.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on January 08, 2013, 10:07:13 AM
I rode to work on the cross bike.  28deg and calm on the way in.  Felt great.  While it is clear now, the forcast is for 50deg and rain for the way home. 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: LAJ on January 08, 2013, 10:48:48 AM
Heat wave today. 40, I think, and it was glorious.

 :thumbsup: RUOkie.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 21, 2013, 10:13:08 AM
Forecast suggests this week will bring some cool temperature commutes. I am actually really looking forward to it. We have no snow on the ground, and there isn't much in the way of moisture in the forecast - so apart from the initial shock when going outside, it should be pretty easy.  :thumbsup:




I love it when things like 35-40 degrees feel super warm and comfortable.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dnuzzomueller on January 22, 2013, 03:11:11 PM
Got a flat on the way home in the front yesterday, and a flat in the rear on the way to work today.....I am not a happy camper.

Mix that with snow. Blech.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 22, 2013, 06:46:29 PM
Changing flats in snow is teh suck.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Seth on January 24, 2013, 10:20:24 AM
Changing flats in snow is teh suck.

I could see that sucking.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 30, 2013, 07:57:19 AM
I'm not sure why people equate fog with pea soup. This morning we had pretty dense fog and it really felt more like cream of mushroom soup than pea soup.  The fog was mainly white,making the buildings appear as brownish blobs (mushrooms).  As mentioned the other day by another rider, there were plenty of drivers without headlights on. I guess they felt the light bouncing off all the droplets in the air made visibility for them worse, but it also made them impossible to see.  I also saw another cyclist out (first time in a few months) who was wearing all black, and had no lights on his bike. At least he did have reflectors and was riding on the correct side of the road. I offered to give him one of my 3 red blinky/solid lights as I went by. He refused. Maybe he thinks biking ninja style is safer than being a "target" for drivers ... this being Newark NJ and all.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on January 30, 2013, 09:08:23 AM
Heh.  Be safe out there DF.  For me, fog=don't ride
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on January 30, 2013, 09:28:04 AM
For the local children of Newark it is a magical experience like the advance team for a circus coming to town and rolling down their street.  Or maybe it just makes for a mindblowing experience for some college kids experimenting.  I'm sure that fully lit bike is quite the sight with some theatric enhancement.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 30, 2013, 10:25:56 AM
RU, I was well lit and left even earlier than usual. the streets were eerily empty of cars for a bit.
Rando, I'm sure I looked a bit like a spaceship blinking through the fog with my many colors of light in all sorts of places!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on January 30, 2013, 11:01:28 AM
I sometimes worry if driver fixation will lead them to drive right into my taillight.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 30, 2013, 01:11:40 PM
I've wondered about that, but I have a super crazy light setup and have not noticed drivers tracking towards me.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on January 30, 2013, 01:42:42 PM
I've wondered about that, but I have a super crazy light setup and have not noticed drivers tracking towards me.


I have a very bright taillight. Have yet to be run over either. Probably a net positive vs. being hard to see.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on January 31, 2013, 07:42:07 AM
The bike commute had a bit of a video game feel to it this morning.[/size]We got the predicted heavy rain over night along with the strong winds ahead of the cold front that is supposed to be coming in today. The roads were wet but it was not raining and the winds were calm when I got up so I dressed in my office clothes and made lunch. As I was putting my ankle straps the sky opened up...So back to the closet to get out my bike kit for riding in the rain and packing my office clothes in my bag.  I dragged the bike down the stairs and outside and as I was turning on the last of the 47 billion lights that are on my bike, the rain stopped and the wind picked up a notch.The road was an obstacle field of blown over trash/recycling cans, downed branches, and huge puddles. I interpreted the trash/recycling cans and puddles as I would lose a life if I hit them, and the branches as would decrease my health but not kill me outright.  To this amusing obstacle course (the cans were blowing and rolling around) was added drivers. I was managing pretty well, avoiding all instant death items and the vast majority of health depleting items, so the games master picked it up a notch, and gave me another you can't see the hand in front of your face down pour (that lasted about 4 minutes) and some really good gusts, coming at times head on, from my right (trying to blow me into traffic), and from my left (trying to blow me into debris).  Despite rolling backwards a few times and having to lean massively to one side or the other, I made it the 7 miles to campus with a smile on my face and now the sky is clearing. :-DI love riding my bike :-)  :lol: The alternative would have been riding the train - a small enclosed place full of people coughing and sneezing, half of them not covering their mouths and noses when they did the above, followed by a 10 minute walk through a neighborhood where there was an armed robbery at 5:30PM earlier this week.  I figured that combo would be much more dangerous than biking through a video game.  ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on January 31, 2013, 08:27:21 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on January 31, 2013, 11:13:36 AM
Woke up. Heat has malfunctioned and not turned on. Tough to get out of bed when the house is 52f.


Commute was fine, if I was a bit late. I come in early usually so my late is still 15 min early.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: gnome on January 31, 2013, 08:03:24 PM
Not bad this morning.  Fine, cool to warm and a light to moderate head wind.  Pity I had to stop riding.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 03, 2013, 04:54:27 PM
I sometimes worry if driver fixation will lead them to drive right into my taillight.
Last week when I was driving to the train station, there was some jackhole riding a mtb probably to work at 6:45 am with no lights at all, I almost ran him over.  Idiot.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 04, 2013, 09:01:32 AM
Heh... this morning a car without lights on pulled out in front of me (I had to grab a handful of brake to avoid a collision) at 6:20 this morning. There were two other cars parked at the side of the road with lights on and I was paying attention to them, when this completely dark (both inside and painted a dark color) car pulled out! The person then yelled at me all light up with two front lights, 3 back lights, and various wheel and frame lighting visible from the side.

Cyclists and drivers need to use lights when it is dark, foggy, overcast.


This morning while sitting at a red light, it occurred to me that in the 13 months I have been riding this particular commute (7 miles, 17 traffic lights), there are still several lights I have never hit on green.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 04, 2013, 09:25:30 AM
It's crazy out there, stay safe!
17 lights in 7 miles  :wha:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 04, 2013, 09:38:12 AM
17 lights in 7 miles  :wha:


Riding in suburban and urban Newark!  I can cut some of those lights out if I leave super early and the then required left turn before traffic picks up. But if I leave after 6:40, I might as well stay home until 9:30 because it gets super tough to get some of those turns in.  I can add 3 lights and eliminate one cumbersome left turn...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 05, 2013, 08:14:37 AM
It was snowing prettily this morning.  Well the snow falling was pretty.  Nothing else really was... lol...


But it was snowing prettily.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on February 05, 2013, 09:04:41 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 05, 2013, 06:58:13 PM
This is the reason why my chains rarely last the winter...  That white stuff? it isn't snow... it is salt...


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/nial_1xuH7YdiVca325ktiG2h10jORqyh_K1mkOnYW0?feat=directlink (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/nial_1xuH7YdiVca325ktiG2h10jORqyh_K1mkOnYW0?feat=directlink)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on February 05, 2013, 07:16:01 PM
Right with you sister.  Every intersection or curve in the road has a pile of salt around here.  A 10' wide pile.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 06, 2013, 04:36:14 PM
Yesterday on my way hone from work the driver trends seemed to be to pass me as close as possible without actually hitting me. 4 vehicles passed me with probably only 15 cm to spare between the vehicle's widest point and the end of my handle bars. It was not pleasant.  One of those vehicles also pulled over in front of me to let out a passenger and then passed me super close a second time.   :banghead:


Happily that is not a daily trend. I am not sure what was up with yesterday.


Today the trend was something else - one that happily did not directly affect me in any way, but still very noticeable.  Several vehicles (at least 5) swung waaaaaaaay right in preparation for making a left turn. One driver did this when making a left turn from a stopped position.  All of them went into right hand shoulder in their efforts to turn left. I am just glad I was not along side any of those vehicles at the time.   


Silly drivers!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 09, 2013, 06:16:27 PM
What I see drivers do amazes me.  We too have tons and tons of salt all over the roads down here.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: gnome on February 12, 2013, 03:44:45 AM
Not a bad commute today.  No headwind on the way to work and a tailwind on the way home.  It was also a nice temperature for biking.  not too hot. not too cold.  just right.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on February 13, 2013, 08:56:12 AM
That was chilly; 12 degrees, but a pretty nice 17 mile ride into work. Haven't done that in a while. (shame on me)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: gnome on February 14, 2013, 12:15:57 AM
Yet another sunny and warm commute.  Got given a red rose by a random school girl at a traffic light. 
Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on February 14, 2013, 07:14:10 AM
Yet another sunny and warm commute.  Got given a red rose by a random school girl at a traffic light.
was she hot?


j/k
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on February 14, 2013, 08:17:59 AM
LOL @ RU :)

That's a pretty nice gesture just handing out something that flower shops are gouging people for.
Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on February 14, 2013, 08:45:23 AM
I really think that is sweet.  Likely if someone gave me a flower randomly like that while commuting, I would start to cry
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 14, 2013, 10:54:41 AM
Yet another sunny and warm commute.  Got given a red rose by a random school girl at a traffic light.


What a wonderful gesture!


Commutes have been in the 40's this week. No need for hat beneath the helmet, or gloves. :-)


This morning I was stopped at an intersection by a motorcycle cop. Then along came an Essex County Sheriff car with lights on but no sirens followed by a few black SUVS, 2 stretch limos, a few nice but non-descript cars, and a Nutley Police car and a Belleville police car, both with lights flashing but no sirens.  As soon as the last two cops cars went by, the motorcycle cop blocking my intersection went on with the motorcade.  I lost sight of the 'cade pretty quickly even though my route followed their course. There were several police cars just sitting at other intersections along my route though, at places I don't usually see them, so I am guessing they were there for the motorcade as well. I am super curious about what it was for. Haven't seen anything in the local news.


The nicer weather and prevalence of police vehicles at intersections did not stop someone from trying to left hook me out of a traffic light (oncoming car making a left when I was going strait. Cop didn't do anything about it either... so they were definitely not out there in defense of the lone bike commuter.   :(   Oh well. A girl can dream.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on February 14, 2013, 11:29:06 AM
As I was chirped at by a cop as I faux-trackstood and rolled a tiny-teeny bit into the intersection on the green left arrow.


I gave him "the look" and rode away when the green light to go straight came up.


 :shh:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on February 15, 2013, 08:27:18 AM
Happy Winter Bike to Work Day!


Didn't feel very wintery this morning, and the sun rising was quite pretty. :-)


The low traffic volume was really nice as well. I suppose partly due to people taking off early for a long weekend.


Plus since I usually work from home on Fridays, I can head out early, and hopefully miss the evening traffic.  :)


Happy Friday everyone!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 15, 2013, 01:39:49 PM
As I was chirped at by a cop as I faux-trackstood and rolled a tiny-teeny bit into the intersection on the green left arrow.


I gave him "the look" and rode away when the green light to go straight came up.


 :shh:
Like a BOSS


you too DF
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on February 21, 2013, 09:46:26 AM
Chilly but relatively uneventful ride into work. Only fun was some dolt that decided to park in the left lane at a 4-way stop after realizing he wasn't going to pass me before the stop. That's getting so common it's scary. People really, really suck (more than I previously had thought) at judging moving objects' speed and distance. No wonder there's so many stupid auto accidents.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on February 21, 2013, 10:47:43 AM
my fingers get painfully cold when it's 40f and below. doesn't matter what gloves I wear.


can't wait for spring.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on February 21, 2013, 11:13:46 AM
Mittens FTW! I run a pair of cooler-weather MTB gloves with fold-over windproof/waterproof mittens over them. Open up the fingers when it's warm enough, otherwise, I stay really toasty with those on. I can't just do gloves; I'll freeze my fingers right off. Yes, there's a little less finesse with controls, but I have no issues shifting/braking road or mountain bikes using mittens.

Maybe mittens + chemical handwarmers would work for you? How often do you face <40 degree weather?

Can't wait for spring either. Don't mind the cold, but it was higher humidity and did snow some on me on the way in and at 15 degrees it was a bit chilly.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: RUOkie on February 21, 2013, 02:09:14 PM
my fingers get painfully cold when it's 40f and below. doesn't matter what gloves I wear.


can't wait for spring.
ski gloves?  I wear an old pair when it is 25-45 and Mittens/hand warmers below that (although I rarely ride for more than 45min when it is below 25 since my feet get so cold)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on February 22, 2013, 10:26:15 AM
IMO you have to stop the air from flowing through the gloves, I have some Dakine Snowboard gloves that I used for a few years but this winter I picked up some windstopper shells I can put overtop of some thicker glove liners, this prevents the wind from hitting my skin and the liners keep my hands warm.  Now, I haven't ridden since the new year, but in december they worked pretty well.  I got them at Marshalls for $15.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on February 22, 2013, 11:09:20 AM
this was like 3 minutes after I got inside. takes a while to get my shoes and helmet unbuckled when you can't feel anything.


(http://i.imgur.com/9gwG4ZM.png)


for whatever it's worth, I have thicker Gore Windstop gloves that are a "weatherproof" liner over a thinsulate-like interior. Not waterproof for long, but they are windproof.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on February 22, 2013, 11:45:12 AM
Yeah, get mittens.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 08, 2013, 09:08:32 AM
Plenty of breath frost today. Almost tropical 7 degrees on the way in :)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-E5hiu5CFNKA/UTnvZQ9A4wI/AAAAAAAACIE/xshr_ru7768/s702/IMG_20130308_063846.jpg)


Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 08, 2013, 11:47:18 AM
Hardcore!
Brought in all my stuff as I am hoping to commute tuesday
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 08, 2013, 11:49:35 AM
The hardcore part of my commute is getting up at 5am Friday morning after Thursday night bowling league.

The ride in was chilly, but pretty pleasant. No wind. Gorgeous sunrise. Lots of icy spots....
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 26, 2013, 08:36:53 AM
Almost warm today. Right around 30 degrees when I left the house about 5:20am. Slight tailwind push was nice too; but will be a lot stronger headwind for the ride home. Not going to complain.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 27, 2013, 10:35:19 AM
Almost identical morning as yesterday. I likey. Could be 10 degrees warmer though :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 28, 2013, 09:29:36 AM
FINALLY!  The weather cooperated and my schedule aligned and I was able to commute to the new office for the first time in 2013.  Was a tad cold and dark but enjoyable.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 28, 2013, 12:09:40 PM
Excellent!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 28, 2013, 01:14:26 PM
Update - looking out the window now, the sun is gone and it's real cloudy, tho the weather sites still only say 10% chance of rain, I am a little concerned...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 28, 2013, 01:39:25 PM
It's water. You won't melt.  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on March 28, 2013, 08:54:58 PM
My commuting the last few days has been very wet from snow melt.  I eventually just gave up on tiptoeing around and started only slowing down for the puddles that looked really deep. 


Also gained a tolerance for being yelled at to mount a fender.  By people with one just large enough to stop their back from being striped while redirecting the added water up and back. 


 :lol:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 28, 2013, 09:56:41 PM
lolz
Ride home was grey and chilly but dry.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 29, 2013, 09:22:33 AM
Clear sky last night = chilly this morning. Should be a nice ride home since it'll be ~50 degrees this afternoon.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 29, 2013, 06:18:12 PM
The ride home was great.


Temps in the upper 40s = less layers.
Light tailwind the whole way.
Snow melting and causing lots of flowing water.
Kids out and playing.
People out on bikes.
The smell of dirt exposed to air on the fields.
Farm trucks loaded up with seed corn for upcoming planting.


At an intersection met up with a cyclist I had ridden with a few years ago on some group rides and had a nice chat with him as we went along the same route for a mile or so. I like commutes/rides like this afternoon's  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on March 29, 2013, 08:03:11 PM
 :thumbsup:
I hope you dropped him
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on March 29, 2013, 08:28:55 PM
I suppose I could have. Probably wouldn't have been good for his self-esteem getting dropped by a guy riding a 23 year old touring bike with a MTX trunk bag on the rack and full-fenders :)


Thankfully it was just a nice chat and mutual enjoyment of the nice weather.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 03, 2013, 08:55:50 AM
COLD! Rode to work again, 26 when I left, my feet and hands were numb.  Decided to wear the fleece lined bibs and new fleece lined LS Jersey today, may be a tad warm on the way home, but it was a good choice for this morning. After last night's Tuesday Night Worlds, legs were a little heavy this morning. - http://app.strava.com/activities/47063706 (http://app.strava.com/activities/47063706)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 03, 2013, 09:18:06 AM
At least you rode in to work, unlike me.   :(
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 03, 2013, 09:51:57 AM
Oh I wasn't complaining, just stating facts.  I am planning of riding in again tomorrow, but if it's just as cold I may bail and do the local training crit after work.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 03, 2013, 10:25:55 AM
I know you weren't complaining. I wish I could complain about a chilly ride in, but the schedule won't allow me to until Friday.:)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 04, 2013, 01:21:58 PM
ride home was windy and cold, I got a late start leaving work, still things were good til I got hit by a mother ****ing car  :banghead:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WhyFi on April 04, 2013, 02:17:05 PM
ride home was windy and cold, I got a late start leaving work, still things were good til I got hit by a mother ****ing car  :banghead:


That'll make things turn south in a hurry. Nothing catastrophic, I take it?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 05, 2013, 08:49:27 AM
Nice morning, upper 20s.

This awesome-quality photo is looking out my garage door right before heading out. Moon was bright, sun was just starting to peek. Birds were going bonkers. I'll take it. Gotta say WC was on my mind the ride in though....

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-LVUA9pnKAdw/UV6q3ejIqpI/AAAAAAAACkk/1H8izBoZfCo/s512/IMG_20130405_054326.jpg)

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 12, 2013, 09:03:30 AM
34 degrees, heavy mist, soaked roads. Nice ride in :) I had a tailwind, so that made up for the wetness and having to detour due to a flooded road. Ended up with 2 extra miles on the way in - which was nice.

Yay for waterproof winter shoes and fenders. Stayed essentially dry and was definitely comfortable. Do need a better front fender mudflap though. All I have now is a repurposed panel off a 1qt oil jug. (yes, I'm cheap and maybe just a bit creative)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 12, 2013, 12:24:32 PM
So it is Raining (yes with a capital R, this rain seems to be on a mission to reach the ground hard and fast) today.[/size]So, I gave myself extra time to reach campus.Not because I figured traffic would be moving at a reduced speed due to terrible visibility (the drivers along my commute go the same speed regardless of road/weather conditions, the presence of pedestrians in the road, or the approach of emergency vehicles with lights flashing).I gave myself extra time because it was also 37F out.Good thing I did.Just as I expected, I hit every single one of my 17 traffic lights on RED today. That adds 10 minutes to my commute time.LOL
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 12, 2013, 12:32:40 PM
Holy ****. 17 lights!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 12, 2013, 12:34:53 PM
Holy ****. 17 lights!


In 7 miles no less...  :facepalm:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 12, 2013, 04:53:14 PM
Matco 1/4" ratchet laying in an intersection. Definitely a positive ride home, even with rain and a good headwind.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on April 12, 2013, 05:32:43 PM
Nice score.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: MidgetMaestro on April 12, 2013, 08:02:20 PM
She's alive!!  :wha:

So it is Raining (yes with a capital R, this rain seems to be on a mission to reach the ground hard and fast) today.So, I gave myself extra time to reach campus.Not because I figured traffic would be moving at a reduced speed due to terrible visibility (the drivers along my commute go the same speed regardless of road/weather conditions, the presence of pedestrians in the road, or the approach of emergency vehicles with lights flashing).I gave myself extra time because it was also 37F out.Good thing I did.Just as I expected, I hit every single one of my 17 traffic lights on RED today. That adds 10 minutes to my commute time.LOL
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 13, 2013, 12:04:36 PM
She's alive!!  :wha:


Shhhhhhh! Not so loud! I don't need everyone to know!


 ;)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 13, 2013, 05:46:48 PM
Damn, I came in here to post my last commute, then I see I already did that.  I don't remember anything from last thursday except going to the docs.


Anyway, will be some time before I commute to work, but as soon as I am able to, I will.  Be safe fellow commuters!


sickmtb - thanks for thinking of me buddy,
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 16, 2013, 10:04:13 AM
Nice ride in today (low 30s for temps). Lady pulling out a high school after dropping kids off tried to take me out. I was prepared given the high-traffic area and was able to grab the binders and stop in time. She finally noticed me (and a Magicshine in her face) as her car made it into the street. Apparently the phone call she was on was more important that driving.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 16, 2013, 03:15:16 PM
Be careful out there...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 16, 2013, 03:41:29 PM
I'm careful. It's just the idiots yapping on their phones while driving that aren't  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: wens on April 16, 2013, 06:08:20 PM
I'm careful. It's just the idiots yapping on their phones while driving that aren't  :P


Soccer moms are the most terrifying drivers imo. You have the *******s who are usually younger guys who'll buzz you and yell at you, but at least they see you/make an effort to avoid you. Heaven forbid anything interfere with the soccer mom talking on the phone, eating, doing her makeup, and changing a diaper on the way to being late to drop off her kids to 3 different places at the same time.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 16, 2013, 07:58:53 PM
Agreed. Definitely the worst out there.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: rando on April 16, 2013, 08:48:30 PM
If this is the HS I'm thinking of it has been the source of numerous close calls for me, Muskego HS? 
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 16, 2013, 09:05:06 PM
No, Franklin. 51st St. There's a bike lane on it now, but just too much traffic during morning drop-off. During that time I can get from Ryan to Drexel faster than any car can.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 17, 2013, 09:01:00 AM
I'm careful. It's just the idiots yapping on their phones while driving that aren't  :P
I hear ya.  Or texting, last year I rode behind some idiotic woman texting while driving through a neighborhood, weaving all over the place while mothers pushed their kids in strollers near by.  I unleashed a barrage of 4 letter words and insults at her at the stop sign, she chased me down to yell back while swerving into the other lane almost hitting the on-coming car.  Idiots all all over.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: dragonfly on April 18, 2013, 07:21:56 AM
Yesterday must have been the local "Failure to yield right of way when making a left turn day" ... I got left hooked 8 times in 7 miles... 8 times!!!!! Happily only two were close calls, and I managed to avoid all of them.


today though...


I won my commute![/size] ;) I went 9 and 8 with the traffic lights (hey any day with more green lights than red lights is a win!).  :thumbsup: And I fred-chicked a pack of 8 riders (all in full kit, though some still looked to be on their winter rides).  They were taking up the whole (1-way) road just in front of me as I entered the park, even though it is plenty wide enough for them to ride two abreast and still give cars plenty of room.  I watched a car wait patiently for half a mile for them to move over and let it by. Finally I called out loudly "Car Back!". One rider looked back and eventually got the others to pull to one side (they chose the left side).<grumble>Their behavior which helps cement anger against cyclists in drivers who otherwise might be neutral annoyed me a bit. So no Miss Nice Friendly Morning Commuter for them... <snicker>I put my legs in gear  (I ride a fixed gear, so all gear changes are leg speed based) and glided by ... one said "morning!" I returned the greeting and revved it up to 21 - leaving most of them behind. One guy jumped on my wheel - he was on a race bike with skinny tires. He was wearing a local team kit. He was barely hanging on.  Halfway through this stretch of the park is a stop sign. I used hand signals to indicate slowing and that I intended to turn right. I stopped for it like I stop for ALL stop signs. He asked if I was going to go left or right. I said right. And accelerated slowly to give him a chance to catch on again. He did... and I slowly ramped it back up to 20 mph. Then the road went up (it can't have been even a 2% grade) and I maintained my leg speed and thus my ground speed and he fell off... He made a valiant effort to catch back on but then the road wet up another percent or two. I slowed down to 19 mph for him, but he was gone. Him: race bike, gear selection, lycra kit, no extrasMe: upright commuter with fat tires, 1 gear - fixed, street clothes, messenger bag.  :lol: Fred-chicked...Best not to mess with a racer dressed in fred's clothing...
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Wylde06 on April 18, 2013, 08:45:38 AM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: jonesy on April 18, 2013, 11:52:53 AM
Awesome.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on April 18, 2013, 04:08:13 PM
Like a BOSS DF!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on April 22, 2013, 09:07:50 AM
Mid 30s, nice sunrise, little traffic. Great ride in. Supposedly will be mid 60s for temps on the ride home. May have to extend the ride a few miles :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 01, 2013, 08:48:30 AM
Holy moly. Bare leg commute. Went from winter gear to summer just like that.

What a nice ride in.

FYI - those who are interested, the national bike challenge kicked off today and runs through September. This started, AFAIK, as a Wisconsin-only thing and last year was the first national challenge. We've got a pretty strong work team going and hope to rank well again this year (our bike commuter ranks have grown significantly the last few years). but, not just commuting miles count. Any rides do. Show the rest of the country how much people actually ride.

http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national

Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 01, 2013, 07:32:57 PM
First "Help a turtle cross the road" of the season during my ride home.  :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 03, 2013, 08:52:39 AM
And today's ride in was in the mid-30s, some sprinkles and wet roads. Gotta love how the weather turns. Ugly headwind the whole way in made it take a bit longer than normal. Shaping up to be a wet ride home....but at least I should have a tailwind :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: jsutkeepspinning on May 07, 2013, 10:18:38 AM
mine was nice. 30 minutes of z2
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 07, 2013, 02:03:38 PM
First "Help a turtle cross the road" of the season during my ride home.  :)
Nice work, I usually come across a few of those a year myself, always stop.
mine was nice. 30 minutes of z2
Um, this thread is "How was your commute to work today?" You don't work, son.  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: jsutkeepspinning on May 10, 2013, 08:53:55 AM
32 minutes of riding. felt nice bro
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 10, 2013, 09:00:28 AM
41 degrees, strong head/cross winds, steady rain. Quite a nice commute this morning  :P
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 15, 2013, 02:09:56 PM
Out the door this morning to greet upper 60s temps. Bare legs/arms today after wearing full-on winter commuting gear Monday (upper 20s). What a swing. Essentially a perfect ride into work today. I love warm mornings.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on May 15, 2013, 09:47:58 PM
So jealous.  The weather has been pretty decent except for a few cold mornings.  Once I built up a little endurance I will commute again...
Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: jsutkeepspinning on May 16, 2013, 07:47:21 AM
Headed out the door, and got in a great 40 minute z1 ride. I really like this commuting thing, it sky rockets my weekly hours. Also it's nice to wake up before school by riding in the fresh air for a bit, and loosen the legs up. It helps that my school has full showers, so I can finish my ride off feeling damn fresh. Hopefully everyone else had/has a good commute today.

It was a bit chilly today, and especially because I was on the rollers last night (bars were still a little damp), my fingers were cold. I dressed well for everything else, just not my fingers.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on May 16, 2013, 09:04:01 AM
The commutes sure help to wake me up in the morning, that's for sure! :)

Another nice/perfect morning. I overdressed. It warmed up really quickly even though our thermometer at home read 46 when I left. I got to work and it was already in the 60s.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 11, 2013, 09:44:04 AM
Pic sums up this morning's commute.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3HhBRWniHME/UbcnPtjXISI/AAAAAAAAEQI/HkkMjaDB_s0/s720/IMG_20130611_054623.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 11, 2013, 04:27:17 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: umd on June 11, 2013, 04:59:51 PM
Pretty
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Krampus on June 11, 2013, 07:59:27 PM
A teammate yelled out his window at me. It's my first confirmed pleasant thing a driver's ever yelled.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on June 11, 2013, 09:06:29 PM
commute home: guy squeezes past me on the left to then cut me off and go into the right turn lane (bike lane to the left of this).


He gets stuck behind a car turning right. I pass on the driver's side, his window is down. I stop, and as calmly as I've ever managed, I say to his face "you drive like an *******."


Not too aggressive, perfect amount of disappointment, and I wasn't in my team kit.


He rolls up his window and pulls away.


Good times.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Krampus on June 11, 2013, 09:19:36 PM

Not too aggressive, perfect amount of disappointment, and I wasn't in my team kit.

 


Nice one.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 12, 2013, 10:01:15 AM
Hahahaha, nice Y.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 12, 2013, 10:03:27 AM
A teammate yelled out his window at me. It's my first confirmed pleasant thing a driver's ever yelled.
Nice.
One time last year I was riding to work, there is a long 40+mph descent, a car was behind me but not too close, at the light she pulls up next to me and says something out her window, I assume she was complaining, I said excuse me?  She said, that was awesome, you were flying down that hill, very cool!.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on June 12, 2013, 11:09:08 AM
  She said, that was awesome, you were flying down that hill, very cool!.


Your concussion dreams are getting better!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 12, 2013, 12:18:56 PM
Go yell and at a poor unsuspecting driver!
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Krampus on June 24, 2013, 02:17:40 PM
Felt like a hat full of ass on the ride in. This has been the norm, while the ride home is always a breeze. It's like climbing without a warm-up for fifteen miles. Both directions start with heavy traffic and a hill, so I'm thinking it's related to hopping on so close to waking.

Anyone experience this/have thoughts/suggestions?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 25, 2013, 07:46:19 AM
Ride the trainer to warm up before going outside? Move?  :D


FINALLY!  1st commute to work since getting hit.  It was a humid, sweaty, 71 when I left at 5:30,  Got passed by 4 cars in the first 15 miles, nice!  Coming through the park, I was going the wrong way on a one way road (which I, and many other cyclists do often) and the ranger pulled me over, told me bikes need to follow the same rules as cars.  I admitted that I knew that, apologized and thanked him for enforcing the law properly.  I will have to take the mup from now on through the park, - http://app.strava.com/activities/62718488 (http://app.strava.com/activities/62718488)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Krampus on June 25, 2013, 11:56:47 AM
Good advice. I swapped wheels on my 'cross bike this AM. Much spinnier, much more comfortable with a backpack, much more of an opportunity to warm up. Forgot I was on cantis and blew a (deserted) light at the bottom of a hill, felt like a jerk.


How did the ranger respond to your genial, apologetic approach?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 25, 2013, 08:57:54 PM
Nice, good thing you didn't get creamed blowing that light, canti's suck.


He was very nice and polite, but made it clear he doesn't tolerate breaking the rules of the road.  I'd rather him have done that then ignore cyclists.


When I left work, it was raining and windy and I could see lightning in the distance, I got pretty wet and the roads were like ice, then after about 12 miles the skies cleared.  I have a nice commuting backpack with a waterproof cover that can be pulled out and goes over the whole thing, thankfully or my laptop would have been toast.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: Krampus on June 26, 2013, 10:43:04 PM
Oh man, is it an Osprey bag?

I drove today. We're getting raw-dogged by thunderstorms and my only safe route across town is way too sketchy to deal with both at once.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: ygduf on June 26, 2013, 10:51:22 PM
best commuting bag I have is Marmot Kompressor... weighs about 1 lb, perfect for everything but a laptop
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 27, 2013, 08:00:14 AM
Oh man, is it an Osprey bag?

I drove today. We're getting raw-dogged by thunderstorms and my only safe route across town is way too sketchy to deal with both at once.
No, it's this bag which is not $40 and I paid $80 in march :banghead: http://www.rei.com/product/825298/novara-eta-backpack,-chili-powder/castlerock?preferredSku=8252980001&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-pla-_-product-_-8252980001&mr:referralID=bd46e133-df20-11e2-9389-001b2166c62d (http://www.rei.com/product/825298/novara-eta-backpack,-chili-powder/castlerock?preferredSku=8252980001&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-pla-_-product-_-8252980001&mr:referralID=bd46e133-df20-11e2-9389-001b2166c62d)  Fits a 15inch laptop perfectly and has enough room for some clothes, but it's pretty small overall.  It's perfect for what I need, I usually leave clothes at work.


Likewise on the t-storms, yesterday was pretty bad when I would have been riding home, today, more are expected.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 27, 2013, 08:10:07 AM
Haven't been able to ride in all week due to threat of storms. Sucks. I'm not a fan of being near lightning.
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on June 27, 2013, 08:45:51 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/ijBkadS.jpg)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on June 27, 2013, 08:56:13 AM
Ick. We might be storm free Saturday. Where's the sarcastically enthused smiley?

I think the area MTB trails have been open a total of about 10 days this whole season. Been horribly wet. :(

On a positive note, the Jetta displayed 50.5MPG for the drive in this morning :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 05, 2013, 10:11:12 AM
Post nuclear war ride into work today. Felt like everyone had died. I got rolling out at 5:30am, a few minutes later than usual. Had to reserve a Disney restaurant when I got out of bed; you know, priorities. After a few miles it dawned (pun partially intended) that I had yet to get passed by a single car. So, I was aware of that as I enjoyed the silence of my lonely ride into work. Gorgeous sunrise, comfy temp - right around 60 degrees, and birds singing like mad.

Made it 14.6 miles out of the 16.7 to work before a car passed me. The last bit of my ride is on a relatively busy road, but only 5 more would pass me by the time I got to work.

That was nice :)
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 07, 2013, 08:07:23 PM
Sounds like a beauty of a ride.


When are you going to Disney?
Title: Re: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 07, 2013, 08:20:47 PM
We're heading there just after New Years. Should drain the slush fund substantially...
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Post by: WCroadie on July 07, 2013, 08:43:50 PM
Nice.  I was once a disney basher, been there multiple times, but we went in Sept last year and it was awesome.  I will go back.  Yes it is expensive, but I dropped $50 last night of some kiddie rides, and Hershey Park Tix are $62 ea. so Disney isn't that bad considering. Enjoy.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 09, 2013, 10:20:27 AM
Could be an exciting ride home...


Title: How was your commute to work today?
Post by: WCroadie on July 12, 2013, 12:53:48 PM
was it?
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 12, 2013, 01:16:15 PM
Nope. Luckily it all got through just before I left. Some wet roads and that was it (yay fenders). It was miserable humid though.
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Post by: WCroadie on July 12, 2013, 02:42:35 PM
Nice. Been humid here since, all summer  :thumbsdown:
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 12, 2013, 02:45:11 PM
We've been enjoying a few days in a row here of dry, comfortable temps. A real treat. Supposed to end when the weekend ends and going back to the normally oppressive summer. With the mosquitoes being absolutely horrendous this year, I can't wait for it to get humid again too :)
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 16, 2013, 09:59:22 AM
Nice close buzz by some idiot this morning. Guess he really needed to squeeze between me and the oncoming car (forced off the road) so he could shave 2 seconds off his drive. No oncoming traffic and could have passed safely if he would have waited those two seconds. I just don't get it.

Then, at a 4-way stop, I got the typical idiot thinking they're going to get around me before the stop but don't realize I'm doing 20+ mph and they end up parked in the other lane. Stupid.

For next to no traffic this morning, the idiocy ratio was pretty high!

We're in a nice spell of hot/humid weather. Today's ride home should be in the lower 90s but with a 75 degree dew point. Soup. Can't wait  :( It was only 70 degrees this morning, but got no evaporative cooling due to the humidity.
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Post by: ygduf on July 16, 2013, 10:52:40 AM
so off topic a bit.


lunch ride yesterday, coming down a fast/twisty 8 mile descent there were two murderous cars.


first car, around a blind corner, REVERSING UP THE HILL IN THE RIGHT LANE.. ****er was driving up the hill in reverse like .2 miles to a turn he'd missed.


second car, nearer the bottom, was slowing... slowing... came to a complete stop in the roadway, not even near a corner. no idea. lady just looked lost.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on July 16, 2013, 10:11:31 PM
Yup, no shortage of idiots out there.
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Post by: WCroadie on July 17, 2013, 12:43:34 PM
Yup, no shortage of idiots out there.
+ infinity


Y - did you guys let the drivers have it?
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Post by: ygduf on July 17, 2013, 12:59:10 PM
oh, of course. I yell at people. I almost turned around to go back up after the idiot reversing up the hill but decided I'd probably go to jail.

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Post by: WCroadie on July 17, 2013, 01:42:10 PM
Nicely done
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Post by: WCroadie on July 26, 2013, 08:40:30 AM
Did the training crit last night, then had an emergency at work which kept me up later than norm, plan was to ride to work today and have wife pick me up then head straight to the beach.  I woke up with a pounding migraine and tired, did not feel like lifting a leg over the bike.  I popped my migraine meds and got dressed, headed out anyway.  About halfway, the headache was gone, I enjoyed a lovely ride in, mid 60's and humid but a joyous commute, so glad I rode in - http://app.strava.com/activities/69909088 (http://app.strava.com/activities/69909088)
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 07, 2013, 08:34:28 AM
This morning was pretty nice. 70 degrees. Storms to the north made for an interesting sky. Really peaceful ride until a wasp got caught in my slightly unzipped jersey collar and decided to sting my neck. Appears he got me twice by the time I got him out of there. Owwww.


The rest of the ride in was still peaceful and comfy but with a neck pulsing in pain. Could be worse.
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Post by: WCroadie on August 07, 2013, 02:02:21 PM
Ouch, nothing like getting a bee/wasp in you jersey.  What was he doing out flying around that early?
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 07, 2013, 02:37:45 PM
It was warm out...but yeah, seemed strange for him to be out that early.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 09, 2013, 08:29:44 AM
Long-sleeve wool baselayer for this morning's chilly ride in. It's August 9th, not October 9th, FFS.

Still, the ride in, just like every other, reaffirms that getting there by bike is the best way to get there.  :)
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Post by: WCroadie on August 09, 2013, 09:28:42 AM
Nice, if the rainy season ever ends here, I will once again ride my two wheeler to work.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 09, 2013, 09:50:38 AM
You're in the new temperate rainforest, get used to it  :P
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 13, 2013, 12:23:54 PM
Chilly this morning. Stout north wind  and 50 degrees. I underdressed. Hot shower once I got to work felt great.
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Post by: WCroadie on August 15, 2013, 08:35:34 AM

So jealous!Man the last 2 days were beautiful in the morning, except I had to drive into Philadelphia yesterday for work  :(  and today I have plans right after work.  I ran before work today, it was 50 and my hands were cold.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 15, 2013, 08:43:18 AM
That sucks! Hopefully you can pedal in soon. Summer's slowly disappearing :(

This morning was perfect. Light southwest breeze gave me a push the whole way - and I needed it given a good week of riding and MTB race last night. Legs need a break, but the weather forecast is too good to not ride in. Temps were much more bearable this morning - mid 50s :)
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Post by: WCroadie on August 15, 2013, 04:35:12 PM
I hear ya, I don't like to commute once schools start back up because drivers are more idiotic the first few weeks of school, so I have 2 more weeks to try...
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 15, 2013, 08:01:58 PM
My route takes me right by a big high school. Not the greatest place to ride, but there's at least bike lanes.
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Post by: WCroadie on August 19, 2013, 09:39:12 AM
Finally was able to ride into work again, nice morning, a bit humid, but nice. http://www.strava.com/activities/75854165 (http://www.strava.com/activities/75854165)
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on August 26, 2013, 08:23:15 PM
This morning's ride into work was one of those almost perfect mornings, but was a skeaky preview of the afternoon. 5:30am and the wind was already blowing pretty hard for that time of day. It was a joyous tailwind for the ride in though. 70 degrees, but humid and with that tailwind it was like it took no effort. I've been on the bike a few days in a row with some hard efforts mixed in, so I enjoyed the easy ride.


Going home was different. That wind was there, but in my face the whole way home and it was stronger (12mph steady gusting to 20mph or so). I wasn't in the mood to kill myself. It was 90 degrees, dew point was a thick 71 degrees. Summer in its earnest. I took it easy and pedaled home enjoying the whole ride. It took me longer than normal. It was hot as hell and no sweat evaporated off me. But, I loved it. I could have made it a struggle and not enjoyed the ride, but I didn't do that and it sure made my afternoon/evening a lot better.  :)
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Post by: WCroadie on August 27, 2013, 07:37:38 AM
Nice sickmtb, sometimes just slowing down and enjoying the ride is a nice break from training.  I'm done commuting for 2013 as most schools are back in session and the roads are a cluster F once again.  Until March 2014....
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 03, 2013, 09:38:40 AM
****ing chilly. Phone said 45 degrees. That meant the low spots were probably right around 40. It was cold.

Could have been worse - I could have driven in.
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Post by: sickmtbnutcase on September 06, 2013, 09:03:21 AM
Normal commuter bike has to get setup for CX, so I tried riding in my slicked hardtail this morning. Put a rack on it last night and have some Planet Bike SpeedEZ fenders for when it's sloppy.  Not a bad bike to ride to work. Just a little slower than the regular bike.

Cold again though. 43 degrees. Brrr...