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    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2009 edited
     
    By the way, they finally filed the pocked bike lane area around Linda Vista and Napa. That's good.

    Yeah. That's on my daily commute and it's been driving me crazy for something like 6 months now.

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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2009
     
    todays ride was nice. to work was quick. i carpooled home part of the way then road. nice night though.
    • CommentAuthorstinky
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2009
     
    The morning ride into SDSU from Hillcrest was a bit chilly before the sun was up, but it gradually warmed up. The evening ride home from work in La Mesa was wet and a little sketchy around 54th and university. Other than in that it was relatively warm and tons of fun.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> stinky:</cite>54th and university. </blockquote>

    That area is always tricky, isn't it? I used to cross over to El Cajon there sometimes but that didn't seem to make it much better.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    it rained on me a lot. my ride was slow and wet.

    you havnt lived until you bomb hills brakeless in the rain haha.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> danarel:</cite>it rained on me a lot. my ride was slow and wet.

    you havnt lived until you bomb hills brakeless in the rain haha.</blockquote>

    Whoa. You've got cajones.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     

    I don't see what the big deal is about riding in the rain. There are certain precautions you need to take but really, it's not so bad.

    Riding in Rain and Darkness

    Yesterday on the way home I had multiple people open their car windows to tell me how I had balls to ride in the rain. Whatever.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    back when i was training i did centuries in the rain. no big deal. it just sucked having the water drops hitting your eyes for hours on end. Pacific North West people do it daily although their rain is typically pretty light.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2009
     
    riding in the rain isnt hard, but after 13 miles you are soaked and cold.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:back when i was training i did centuries in the rain. no big deal. it just sucked having the water drops hitting your eyes for hours on end.

    The falling rain is easy to deal with by the use of a visor. I don't have one on my helmet but a cycling cap under the helmet works fine for me. I've used a baseball cap for this when a cycling cap wasn't available. It worked fine.

    The bigger problem is muddy water shooting up in front of the bike from the front tire. For that you need a front fender.

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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009
     
    i cheated, i drove today, i rode to much in the rain last week and this weekend.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009
     
    has the last 4 days had anybody considering fenders? good for rain and good for keeping your bike clean in dry weather.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2009
     
    nope. not me. i thought about those clip on ones for the rear. for rainy days only.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2009
     
    Weather is fun when you have the appropriate gear. I'm from the Midwest and there's nothing more satisfying then being outside in rain or snow but still being warm and dry.

    A couple tips for rain.

    Layers to stay warm and a waterproof jacket.
    For your feet wrap, put plastic bags over your socks then a second thinner pair of socks on top.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> Velo Cult:</cite>has the last 4 days had anybody considering fenders? good for rain and good for keeping your bike clean in dry weather.</blockquote>

    I've got a temp fender that I put on. It's a pain, because when I lock up, it is removed to prevent theft, this slows things down. A semi permantent fender might be best..
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    It was a cool ride this morning: ran into Il Pi. on the ferry: his Bianchi's pretty sweet! I dig the shelacked bar tape and the Brooks seat: definately a cool look.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    Thanks.
    I'm still stuck at work. I'll probably be riding home in the dark.
    • CommentAuthorstinky
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    COOOOOLD
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    Haven't been doing a lot of commuting lately but had a great leisure ride with my lady last night. We rode to Talmadge and just cruised around the neighborhoods on empty well paved streets.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    It was a great ride today.

    Until my seat post snapped, a big wobble, and then a crash.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:has the last 4 days had anybody considering fenders? good for rain and good for keeping your bike clean in dry weather.

    I commute on a touring bike and already have full fenders. They don't actually keep the bike that clean. I suppose it's not as dirty as it would be without them but the fact is there's still enough space underneath the back of the front fender for it to throw up muddy water onto the drive train (so dirt can get up there even when it's dry), and my feet, and the lower part of the frame. Muddy water is also thrown off the front tire in front of the bike, but the fender keeps it from going very high. It does come back though (or more accurately, the bike catches up to it) and so I get plenty of muddy water on my fork, and even the top of the fender itself. At least the fenders keep the muddy water from shooting up high enough for me to be catching it with my face, which was the thing I always hated most about riding in the rain before I had fenders.

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     
    In rainy cities people put extentions on fenders so that they nearly touch the ground. I noticed from my time near the beach that fenders really kept the sand from getting all over everything. Well not as bad as without fenders
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     
    William:It was a great ride today.

    Until my seat post snapped, a big wobble, and then a crash.

    Ow!

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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     
    ride to work, beat the rain by about 30 seconds.

    ride home from work, rained the whole way. off and on hard and slow rain. i had on 2 jackets so i stayed pretty warm somehow.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2009
     

    billd:
    They don't actually keep the bike that clean. I suppose it's not as dirty as it would be without them but the fact is there's still enough space underneath the back of the front fender for it to throw up muddy water onto the drive train (so dirt can get up there even when it's dry), and my feet, and the lower part of the frame.



    Get some full fenders, or add a mudflap. Brooks makes 'em, and there are fancy leather ones from Velo-Orange. Or you could just use an old inner tube or plastic bottle, scissors, and duct-tape. I'm the fool who rides fenders on most of my bikes most of the year. I like the look (I rode 3 speeds exclusively for about 10 years), and full fenders do keep things clean - especially at the beach. I hope we get more rain - we need it.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009 edited
     
    I have full fenders. I suppose I could get a mud flap which would help with the feet and drive train and lower back part of the bike. However, it's not going to keep the muddy water from shooting forward off the front wheel and flying back onto the fork and bottom half of the head tube. I don't think I've seen front fenders for bikes that extend much past the top of the front wheel.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2009
     
    I'm gonna wish I had fenders today on the way home.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2009
     
    the weather is turning around! my ride today was relaxing. finally all sun all the time.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2009
     
    The weather has been great the last two days! Cool and sunny...
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
     
    Today was, just so @#$@#$ awesome to ride. Really considered calling into work to say I was going to be late JUST SO I COULD FREAKIN ride some more. Crazy, surely. But awesome. Riding in makes me feel like GOD. Ok, perhaps that is over the top. But still.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009 edited
     
    Can I saw it one more time, today was AWESOME? Saw a guy on a blue (fixie/SS) road style frame, chrome forks, wearing street clothes. We waived. Kinda cool.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2009
     
    Great commute today.
    I've decided to leave my truck permanently parked at work and get back on my bike full time.

    Unfortunately the dude I ride with is way faster than me.
    • CommentAuthorreverend
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2009
     
    much needed on the way home to burn off the frustration and anger from a crap day at work
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    Friday ROCKED.. great weather, all that stuff. No rides until Thursday this week for this guy.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    My stupid pannier wouldn't stay on my rack this morning so after the second time I had to stop and fix it I realized I wasn't going to get to the ferry on time so I had to turn around and drive in. That's frustrating.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    that will ruin your day for sure. i've had days where i was all inspired to mountain bike after months of working day and night. after driving for an hour i get to the trailhead to have my bike break in the first 100 yards. turn around and drive home. it's demoralizing.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    Got a flat.

    had a pump, lever and tube.

    No wrench.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    Rode out to see the author and former UT Columnist, Robert Louv, tonight at 7pm at Pt. Loma Nazarene College speak about his books on kids and the outdoors. Took the folder, rolled it right into the auditorium. Louv has two books, I think, "No Child Left Inside" and "The Last Child in the Woods." Anyway, it was a good ride out there from Linda Vista. The lecture was great, and the hundreds of people there were all about living simply, organically, and more connected with nature. Then they all got in their cars and drove home.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    geez, maybe we should have put cards on their windshields.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I see that so often. I'm not trying to pass judgement, because there is plenty more I could do to live more harmoniously with the planet, but I feel like organic food and vegan clothing has become trendy, and therefore easy. So it's pretty easy to say, I'm going shopping at a farmers market, and only eating local, and eating veg. But getting on a bicycle to do these things takes actual effort. It isn't hard, but the effort lies in doing your day to day tasks in a different way than you are used to. It seems hard. So those who are into the whole "green" thing because it's trendy (and now easy) hop into their hybrids. My bike gets way better gas mileage.
    • CommentAuthorsurlygurl
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    I hesitate calling my ride to work "commuting" since it's only a mile and is more of a fun ride than anything. I ride on a few residential streets then take that path by the zoo to avoid Park Blvd. It's really nice. And I'm just so happy to finally be back on a bike-wheeeeeeeee!
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> il Pirati:</cite>I see that so often. I'm not trying to pass judgement, because there is plenty more I could do to live more harmoniously with the planet, but I feel like organic food and vegan clothing has become trendy, and therefore easy. So it's pretty easy to say, I'm going shopping at a farmers market, and only eating local, and eating veg. But getting on a bicycle to do these things takes actual effort. It isn't hard, but the effort lies in doing your day to day tasks in a different way than you are used to. It seems hard. So those who are into the whole "green" thing because it's trendy (and now easy) hop into their hybrids. My bike gets way better gas mileage.</blockquote>

    I'm thinking of makeing a sticker that fits on the rear triangle of most frames:

    "my bike>your hybrid"

    And one for my car.

    "my bike makes this a hybrid"

    Seriously.

    Perhaps shirts:

    (picture of bike frame)
    OG Hybrid transportation

    (more a joke than not)
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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    William:
    il Pirati:I see that so often. I'm not trying to pass judgement, because there is plenty more I could do to live more harmoniously with the planet, but I feel like organic food and vegan clothing has become trendy, and therefore easy. So it's pretty easy to say, I'm going shopping at a farmers market, and only eating local, and eating veg. But getting on a bicycle to do these things takes actual effort. It isn't hard, but the effort lies in doing your day to day tasks in a different way than you are used to. It seems hard. So those who are into the whole "green" thing because it's trendy (and now easy) hop into their hybrids. My bike gets way better gas mileage.


    I'm thinking of makeing a sticker that fits on the rear triangle of most frames:

    "my bike>your hybrid"

    And one for my car.

    "my bike makes this a hybrid"

    Seriously.

    Perhaps shirts:

    (picture of bike frame)
    OG Hybrid transportation

    (more a joke than not)


    I have a longing for a sticker that lets bicyclists know that I know how to share the road.
    • CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    Tom@VC:Got a flat.

    had a pump, lever and tube.

    No wrench.

    It took me a minute to realize why you would need a wrench for a flat. I forgot that not everyone uses QR axles.

    I've become a big fan of slime tubes. They slow me down a little but it's worth it to not be fixing flats so often. I've had 2 flats in the last 7k-8k miles on skinny road tires. One was a nail and the other was a defective stem that gave out. I've pulled goat head thorns out of my tires and kept on riding.

    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    Fun commute today.

    Stopped for sushi and a beer on the way home.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    after work I "commuted" over to the bar (with wifi) to do some work for a class. pretty sweet. except I'm drinking by myself at a bar.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    Today wasn't to bad. Met up with my Friend, rode out to the shipyard, broke off on my own down Harbor ~ really poor choice ~ kind of a jay walking slalom course today. I got to the Ferry landing early, so I tagged back to go to Tony's Coffee Cart (he usually parks it at the YMCA corner on broadway), but had no cash. Went to Starbucks, was told not to lock my bike to the tables (which were folded and locked up themselves), finally hugged a trolley pole with my chain, went in to get a cup of coffee.. TOTALLY a fool by nearly knocking over a table (distracted looking at what I shouldn't have), and then.. On the ferry.

    Cool was a guy there (Joe, if you're reading this, what's up?!?!), who just rode to work for the first time today, and was waiting for the ferry. It's always cool to see people figuring it out and realizing how NOT hard it is.. Gave him a SDbikecommuter card.. and chillaxed on the ferry...
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    William - could you just walk your bike into the $tarbucks? That's what I usually do. Lean it up against their display while I put in the half-and-half. Nice to hear of a first-time commuter. That's usually a make or break ride for people. Hopefully no flats.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> Protorio:</cite>William - could you just walk your bike into the $tarbucks? That's what I usually do. Lean it up against their display while I put in the half-and-half. Nice to hear of a first-time commuter. That's usually a make or break ride for people. Hopefully no flats.</blockquote>

    Never really thought about walking it in, especially after being chided for locking it to a table. Ferry landed on the oposite side today because of the cruise ship. AND @#$#@ it was cold. Good thing more children are part of my future plans, because.. things kind of went subteranian today!
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      CommentAuthormissler
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009 edited
     
    Rode home from work in Vista last night. Down Palomar and over to the coast, stopped off at the bottle house next to pizza port in Carlsbad to meet some friends. That place is beer heaven. Drank a couple of interesting porters and rode over to Chin's for some noodles and sake. Had a fun and slightly swervy ride the last 4 miles to home, all down Pacific Street along the beach in Oceanside.

    Got up this morning to go back up the hill. I've learned to conveniently ignore the sensation that my ears are freezing off. Anyway, every other state has it worse off than we do for weather so I feel lame for complaining. Had a beautiful ride and kicked my own ass a little. Arrived to find half the office out sick.

    About to ride to the boy's place in Escondido via San Marcos Blvd to the rail trail, but not before I stop off at Bike Bling (stupid name, awesome people) in downtown Esco to pick up my new Sidi Dominator 5's. Can finally afford the mothers since they're past season. Woot woot clipless! I feel like a big girl now.