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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009 edited
     
    This is a copy of something I used to post to on another forum years back, but we can keep this a running post of how each commute day went: good, bad indifferent.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    this morning was slow, i think everyone was at home watching obama swear in.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    Same on the ride home, not much traffic.. though a freakin navy ship came in and made me miss the ferry from Coronado. felt like I'd never escape that island.
    • CommentAuthorxmedic
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    Nice, met up with another cyclist from the college where I work and rode from OB to east Mission Valley along the river. Good times everyday...
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    I saw that ship, spent some time on it a long time ago
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    No body rode today?
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    I did, but my commute is fairly short.
    Weather was fantastic!

    I need to take a day and get my bikes running tip top for some extra miles on top of the commute.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    Today was very nice. I almost got hit only once.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    i only rode to work today, then got picked up so i could bring the lady to the airport.

    my ride was fast, i got lucky w/ the lights crossing uni and el cajon.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    my commute today was easy, my gf is out of town, so i used her car. ;)
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    ^^ cheater!! of course, I have duty, and had to drive.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    i feel dirty, like i cheated on my bike....
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] danarel:[/cite]i feel dirty, like i cheated on my bike....[/quote]

    Some mornings, I don't mind. But anytime I sit in traffic, I feel, disabled.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I think the sitting in traffic is the most motivating factor influencing my bike commute. I like the fresh air, the time excercising, the not burning gas also, but it's the time not spent in traffic that is the most gratifying.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    My commute is lame. I need to leave earlier.
    By the time I get to work I'm just getting warmed up and really want to ride.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Tom, thats the trouble when you commute is half a block long. it's almost like you need to ride down to Mission Valley and back to make it worth it.
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] danarel:[/cite]i feel dirty, like i cheated on my bike....[/quote]

    Wow Dan! I think this is the first time I've ever heard of you using a car to get to work!
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    This is why I nearly DIE driving. I love to ride, but some days have to drive, or just don't "feel it".. But this is what makes me more insane than 138 degree temps: <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/nmLIB6EPJB1yLI6zHTNHzw?authkey=yJ1FcAgDtio&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_q18A8KPvNBE/SXTF8V_oLEI/AAAAAAAAB68/HTUlEnaJmms/s400/why%20driving%20sucks.JPG" /></a> I have to sit in 20 minutes of this to get off Coronado. The other day, a ship came in, and we couldn't catch the ferry. I rode from the on base ferry landing, passed ALL that traffic, crossed Orange and caught a bus over the bridge and made it to Imperial Ave in less time than it would have taken to go from the front gate to the bridge.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    that sucks.

    in Portland they take the existing bridges and attached bike paths to the sides of them. it would be pretty cool to do that to the coronado bridge but it would wreck the good looks of the bridge and therefor would never happen. how cool would it be though to stop and hang out on the top of the bridge?
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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    How was my commute to work today? Sucked.

    I crashed for the first time. Dumb move on my part i guess. i tried to ride onto the sidewalk at a driveway and i guess my angle wasn't sharp enough. My front wheel decided not to go up the lip and that send me over onto my knee. Now im at work all bloody. I won't be making that mistake twice.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Mhotai:[/cite]How was my commute to work today? Sucked.

    I crashed for the first time. Dumb move on my part i guess. i tried to ride onto the sidewalk at a driveway and i guess my angle wasn't sharp enough. My front wheel decided not to go up the lip and that send me over onto my knee. Now im at work all bloody. I won't be making that mistake twice.[/quote]

    Now that you've admitted that, I can tell people about my best stupid move and not feel all alone. Riding fixed was a challenge to start. October: 2003: First day, I tried the old habit of standing up on the pedals to look around a corner: got thrown sideways (the pedals kept moving: who knew?), bounced off a parked van, then into the side of a bus. October, 2003, second week, coming down park, I was afraid to grab my front brake (still holding to that myth of "over the bars") when the strap broke and the light turned red. I used a building to slow me down, which worked. October, 2003, now feeling I had gotten past all the bad mistakes. FLYING down broadway. I go to make that fast right on 4th. My pedal hits the ground and my rear tire comes off the ground. And then again. Suddenly I'm headed towards the curb, and have to bail, sliding on my shoes nearly into the front door of the pawn shop there. CM, April 2004, about 5 pm, just killing time, riding around, an eager guy catches up, kind of in awe of the fixie (they weren't that common). Some how, I decided to be cool cat and bust a skid, but my zipper flap gets caught on the headset (who does that?), and the skid starts slowing, I can't yank up, I gracefully lean into a building. Kind of. I had a bruise on my jaw for about a week. Climbing Campo Rd near the church by the 94, my chain snapped into 4 pieces. I was standing, climbing. The, uhum, boys slapped down on the counter, uhum, really hard. I had to stop, get off, sit down, and curl up fetal like on the side of the road.


    Stuff happens, just gotta laugh and learn. I laugh now, but I don't think the boys find humour in it yet.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Velo Cult:[/cite]Tom, thats the trouble when you commute is half a block long. it's almost like you need to ride down to Mission Valley and back to make it worth it.[/quote]

    I'm usually coming from Normal Heights (my girlfriends) not down the block, ha ha.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    2 1/2 blocks....
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Once I was running late for school and and tryed a short cut across a soccer field (I was riding a Takara road bike) well the sprinklers had just watered the grass I fish tailled, put my foot down to stablize myself, once I was uprighted and moving in a staight line I placed myfoot back on the pedal where it slipped off and rubbing my calf down the cog and causing me to end under. I arrived at school bloody,wet, and grasscovered.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    My commute home was pretty fun. Working on my bunny hop skills.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Tom@VC:[/cite]My commute home was pretty fun. Working on my bunny hop skills.[/quote]

    Do you bunny hop fixed? I must be doing something wrong, I killed a crank set that way..
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    i can bunny hop fixed gears at a relatively slow speed. maybe 2 to 2.5 feet in the air. it's old mountain bike and BMX skillage that transferred over to the track bike. it's tough on the bike and wheels though obviously.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    I can bunny hop fixed but not with much accuracy. Bent a rim on its maiden voyage that way.


    Back on topic.
    Might be a wet one out there.
    Thats the nice thing about wearin cycling shoes, a dry pair is waiting at the end of the commute
    • CommentAuthoreric.h
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    i had to skateboard to work today (waaay worse than biking in the rain!)

    but then i spent the morning fixing the bike! got her back together and rode home for lunch. so stoked to be on it again!
    • CommentAuthorSDAlien
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    I didn't ride today, but yesterday I rode from my old Apt (north Park) to my new one in Sherman Heights. The ride is pretty legit. Going there from N.P. is pretty nice since its basically down hill... I almost got hit but an idiot driver on 25th & G street. He was in the parking lane and he just made on of those random ass U turns. Never in my life I was so happy to have a bike with super tight track geometery. If I would have my conversion I would have crashed right into his driver door..

    I only had 3 options:

    A. Get smushed betweent the parked cars on the right and the idiot driver making the U turn
    B. Crash and die
    C. Make the turn with him...

    I choose option C. and His bumper was so close to my back wheel that I felt his engine heat on my legs.
    and that wasn't the best part.. I had to turn into a GNARLY hill next to the 94 hwy.. I'm pretty sure I lost 2 of my lives going down it unexpectly like that..
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2009
     
    I realized halfway to the ferry this morning that I forgot to put my pannier on my bike. So I had no breakfast or lunch. Or repair kit or good headlight for that matter. So I had to decide whether to return home then drive in, or continue on my way sans food. I took the second option, and am eating poptarts for lunch. Beautiful morning though.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2009
     
    Today is my day off, Hooray!
    Probably go on a leisure ride later.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    It was really cold out! But, something kind of cool happen on the ferry, so, it just stoked up my day.
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    I got all antsy coming down Washington. I can't wait to use the new, smooth uphill on the way home!

    Plus my coworkers noticed my new fancy-pants brooks saddle.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    I tried out Washington's new pavement yesterday. Huge improvement!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    The repaved ascent on Washington is the greatest. I wonder how it happened - any advocacy lead to that? I've also noticed cars parked further up than they used to be - was the repaving some kind of parking requirement for the businesses (since El Indio is facist about their lot - although, I must concede, I love their chicken tacos)?
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    ride was cold this morning.
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    Was riding home tonight on a street with no lights and no shoulder or side walk, it was really dark and I didn't see the tree branches that reach out onto the street. I hit them pretty hard and scratch my face. Anyone know who I could complain to about that. (city). They need to cut that shit down, then down the road a mile in the same darkness I was checking to see if I still had a face and wasn't paying to the road, I hit a pot hole. Luckily I held on but I got a pinch flat. Then some kid decided to run a stop sign after looking right at me while I flashed my light at him. So ya good times
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    Yesterday was pretty awesome. I ran into Bobby ~ haven't seen him in TWO YEARS ~ we both laughed as we're still riding the same bikes and all that.

    I was able to sit down with Thomas yesterday on a project we're coloborating on, it should be pretty good for everyone once it gets rolling.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    My commute was killer. I think if people actually realized how much better your entire day was after commuting more people would do it. My work day is a drag if i drive to work but if i ride to work it's easy and fun and i have a smile on my face all day.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    good ride, almost got hit twice. so in fact, it was better than most.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> danarel:</cite>good ride, almost got hit twice. so in fact, it was better than most.</blockquote>

    Your twitter showed some major stress action going on..
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2009
     
    I'll do my best to describe what happened today on my commute. My commute is from OB to Mission Hills. On the way home I took the bike path along the river. It was around 5:15pm. I came up underneath the most western bridge (skate park) took a left and I headed SW next to Robb Field and Sunset Cliffs. I was surprised to see traffic backed up but within seconds I knew why. A car had hit this young woman on a bicycle. There were about four people already tending to her and a couple others were moving traffic aside when I rolled up to the scene. She was wearing a t-shirt, athletic styled capris, tennis shoes but no helmet. She was lying of a pool of her blood with the tire tube wrapped around her foot. A high school soccer coach and a soccer dad were talking to her and covering her up with jackets in case of shock. They were trying to keep her head still. She was barely coherent and had no idea what was happening. Clearly her upper forehead hit first then face, stomach, knees and back of her wrists. She didn't have time to put her hands out. The bicycle's rear tire was mangled. Nearly every spoke had been ripped loose from the rim. Front passenger side headlight of the offending car was smashed and silver parts were laying all over the street. Seconds later a woman (a nurse) who had stopped her car approached and took over the situation. Another man was holding her head with paper towels to help with stem the bleeding. Many minutes later a fire truck and ambulance arrived. Neck brace was first. Then they taped her legs, waist and head to the backboard. Head trauma and severe abdominal pain. They whisked her away to the emergency room. I overheard a the fire captain say to an acquaintance that happened to show up (what luck!) that she would probably be ok. Let's hope she is. I didn't really catch her name. Donna or Donella? 25 year old. Cops were all over the driver. I didn't get the full story of the accident but it doesn't matter. Results seem to always be the same. Bicyclist loses. A helmet would have really, really helped.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2009
     
    damn, that sucks. so, it sounds like the car just ran into the back of the bike. isn't that everybody's worst nightmare? just riding your bike and without warning getting leveled by a dumb ass driver.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2009
     
    That's how that guy was killed a couple weeks ago in Rancho Bernardo. Hit from behind when a driver drifted into the bike lane. Scary.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> il Pirati:</cite>That's how that guy was killed a couple weeks ago in Rancho Bernardo. Hit from behind when a driver drifted into the bike lane. Scary.</blockquote>

    That guy was a retired full bird captain, and was well known by a lot of people as a steady bike commuter.

    I try not to think about it; as long as I control and mitigate what I can, the rest: it's fate. Living via fear, not my want.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2009
     
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    What a beautiful day to ride. Too bad so few people ride this time of year. Im doing everything i can to get my co-workers to join in. Anyone have good suggestions for this?
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2009 edited
     
    il Pirati:That's how that guy was killed a couple weeks ago in Rancho Bernardo. Hit from behind when a driver drifted into the bike lane. Scary.
    It is amazing and it seems like I hear about at least one or two of these a year. Usually it's someone who has a history of driving under the influence.

    One time, I was riding NE on Del Dios Highway by Lake Hodges and some idiot in an El Camino coming SW drifted into the bike lane (going the wrong way if that wasn't obvious). Luckily he went back over but not before scaring the crap out of me. Of course, that would have scared me even if I'd been in a car. Some people should never be allowed to drive.

    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2009
     
    Some scary stories - think of how many auto accidents there are. Bike accidents pale in comparison. Just always ride safe.

    By the way, they finally filed the pocked bike lane area around Linda Vista and Napa. That's good. I rode up to UCSD to do some work, and both bike lanes on Gillman are pocked. What a bummer. Hopefully CalTrans will move quickly. That's a very well-traveled cycling route.