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    Thanks, I'm aight. Will MS Paint soon.

    What's great was that when I rode by that spot on my way to work this morning, the sidewalk had been totally ripped up and re-poured. TAKE THAT SUCKA CONCRETEDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2018
     
    Broke my chain on the first official bike commute in my new house. No chain tool on my multi-tool (which was a gift). How useless!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    That's not very multi.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    sneaky humidity this morning, yuckDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2018
     
    got a ride to our board meeting today, at which i did some serious convincing to get us a new $5k+ oven, and then had the most marvelously wonderful weather for 12 miles home. so nice!That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    Almost wiped out yesterday riding over an asphalt patch that, as it turned out, had not fully set yet.

    I did notice it was steaming a little in the rain, but not until it was too late to change course.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2018
     
    I hate that feeling of riding over hot asphalt. Always think my tires are going to melt.

    I got annoyed by an overly-helpful bike commuter on my ferry yesterday who wanted to tell me about a thin patch on my tire. Sir, I am aware of my tires, thank you.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    hahaha

    Last night I was riding home from Assembly, and I was on East Broadway waiting to make a left onto McGrath, in the 2nd lane from the left which is turn or straight.

    A woman pulled up next to me and said, "Hey. Hey! You should ride over on the right side so you don't get hit."

    Me: "...I'm turning left."

    Her: "Oh. Okay well I'm just trying to help blah blah blah."

    I mean, she was nice and all but...yeah.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2018
     
    I hate that shit.

    "You shouldn't drive if you don't want to hit anyone, I'm just trying to help you out here""life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    lol yeah.

    On my way home yesterday I got kinda run into the curb by someone pulling into a spot (no signal of course). I say kinda because I could have braked hard and avoided it but there was a curb cut and no pedestrians so I just went up on the sidewalk. THEN she sees me and it scares the shit out of her. She yelled out her window "I'm sorry!...but you're not supposed to be on the sidewalk."

    Soooo that made me turn around and politely inform her exactly why I was on the sidewalk. She was super apologetic and "I'm a cyclist too" and all that. It actually may have been the nicest near-miss interaction I've ever had. But like, just use your goddamn blinker and I would have gone around the other side.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    A quick review of this thread drives home that I do not miss riding bikes in the city*.




    *Much
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2018
     
    I miss riding bikes in a real city, Buffalo sucks ass for riding in"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2018
     
    Yo Cheez, where are you at these days?

    I'm in a strange situation where roughly 1/3 of my commute is in real city and 2/3 is in basically a forest. Pretty weird and great.Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    My commute is short (~2mi) but blows. Short stint on McGrath, to Medford St which is awful, then Medeiros to One Kendall. The only thing good about it (other than the shortness) is that during evening rush hour I can usually cross Cambridge Street (Medieros to Warren) without stopping which makes me feel like I can still pwn traffic on my sw33t f1xi3.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorStinky Cheez
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018 edited
     
    I'm in SE Vermont, Putney. It's a small town, but not so small that it doesn't have stores. We've got paved roads, but also many dirt roads. 1 bike shop. As of not that long ago 1 bike builder (Seneca). I see that guy riding sometimes, but I'm always in my car. Some day I'll say hello.

    ETA: Ah, he's one of the formerly-with-IF people.
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    Nice. We were just in Newfane the weekend before last. And my MIL lives in Woodstock.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorseanile
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2018 edited
     
    surprisefries:My commute is short (~2mi) but blows. Short stint on McGrath, to Medford St which is awful, then Medeiros to One Kendall.
    dude, you're doing it wrong. try this wiggle. it's been great for me in the morning

    https://goo.gl/maps/CHwgQyKapMmsomebody turn the lights off on this place already.
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    My father's old girlfriend owned a place in South Woodstock, so I spent a lot of time there (in the late 80s and early 90s anyway).

    We looked at this supercool but not that practical house right in the center of Newfane, with what was then a defunct B&B next door. We had the good sense to presume it wouldn't stay defunct that long. Would've been weddings central what with how scenic that village is.

    We have a toiletpaper mill in the center of town.
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    ^^That's essentially my short route when I run in. Avoiding McGrath is nice but Medford still suuucks in terms of road surface.

    ^Yeah it's super nice. We stayed in a cabin on a small farm. Coincidentally, Mrs. Fries (who grew up partly in VT) went to Heart's Bend camp for a couple summers.

    Free TP?DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    So nice to be welcomed back by a flurry squall for my ride in! No sarcasm, it was actually quite nice.

    ETA: And I only almost got blown off my bike once.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2019
     
    dude it was so windy here too, luckily it was our days off and didn't leave the house at all"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2019
     
    Sunday was warm enough I woulda biked to work, but we were at 65mph gusts around here, and that can go screw. I'm watching way too much netflix cuz I can't go out and bike! (can't, won't, whatever it sucks out)That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    Yeah it's nuts. I was grateful to have a car to get over to Allston and back last night.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorseanile
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd 2019
     
    craig actually called me to have me pick him up that night. when that happens, ya know it's bad.somebody turn the lights off on this place already.
    • CommentAuthorjojobos
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2019
     
    Newbie here. anyone know if SW corrider bike path has been plowed since yesterday?
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    Hey!

    Sadly very few of the people who still post also still live in the area. And unless I'm wrong we're all North of the river. sorry :/DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2019 edited
     
    oof, I'm glad I managed to avoid living over there so I didn't have to buy studded tires, because I've heard they're essential with how badly it's maintained"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthornerdo
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2019
     
    SW Corridor was pretty unevenly maintained when I lived there. The stretch between Green Street and Forest Hills was especially bad. Be prepared for random patches of ice, even if other parts seem clear. Did you ride it? Tell us how it was!

    Also welcome!Worstcase I'll just zip tie on a seat... but i'd rather not. —Zev (who else)
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    Also welcome!


    yes!DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
    • CommentAuthorjojobos
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2019
     
    Thanks! I have been commuting on the path for the last few years. Last year was knd of ok and this year has been great probably due to less snow. It was perfect yesterday&today.
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    Nice.

    Is it still kinda sketchy through the JP and Roxbury sections, mostly at less traveled hours, or is it better?

    In the past there was uneven policing, I think because it was patrolled (or not) by the State Police? Admittedly most of the stories I've heard are now probably old enough to potentially no longer be that relevant.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMar 7th 2019
     
    I hadn't rode my sw33t fixie in a while and then rode it 2 days in a row earlier in the week AND MY LEGS HURT SO BAD. FOR DAYS. Idk how many times I have to learn this lesson, but it keeps happening.

    new personal rule: ride your damn fixie once a week, ya dumb fuck

    or stretch or something"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    hahaha more like never stop riding your sweet fixie!!!!

    I finally (before this past snowstorm) swapped the rear tire on my daily (sweet fixie) for a cross tire (32 or 35c, can't remember), keeping the 25 slick up front. The extra traction is great but man do I notice the extra rolling resistance, and noise.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2019
     
    yeah, any knobs are so noisy.

    So I recently got a surly pack rat (!) which is great, and had a customer order la-di-da rene herse tires so I say "fuck it" and bought their 26x2.3 rat trap tires (keeping with the rat theme, fingers crossed they fit. Surly says 2" with fenders works, so we'll see), but I'm so scared of the supple life since Nat's already gotten a bunch of flats on his VO with pretty supple tires. Hopefully the ride quality is outrageously good?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    I don't want to admit to how long it's been since I've been on my old fixed gear. It's been... too long.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2019
     
    If you use clipless often you should be fine, I just never use those other muscles and get so sore when I go back to it"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    ugh street cleaning can't start soon enough (12 days!), i feel like there's broken glass everywhere right nowDFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    I was so set on riding slowly this morning, taking my time- then I got stuck behind a very slow person, and someone on a roadie passed us at pace...

    ...so of course I grabbed her wheel (at a polite distance) for a while, and yadda yadda yadda I got to work all sweaty.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2019
     
    lmao, have you considered getting a less respectable job so you can do whatever you want on bikes?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2019
     
    get a job somewhere with a shower!That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    haha

    On the way home I was like, "for real this time i'm gonna go slow" but then Iron Maiden on my bluetooth speaker, and some nice gaps to hit.

    There is actually a gym here that my company subsidizes for us, so I do shower when I run into work. Unless it's really hot, biking ~2mi doesn't make me all that sweaty, just changing clothes is enough.

    All the years I was a tech in academia I was fine being a dirtball. Now I'm supposed to be all responsible and stuff.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2019
     
    so clearly you need to wake up earlier, ride 15 miles, and earn the shower!That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    Honestly I would if not for the minifrieses. But in only 1.5 years they'll both be at the same school, which will simplify everything greatly.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2019
     
    good deal. soooon(ish)That may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    For a second I got semi excited that my kids'll be in the same school in the fall, but then it occurred to me that the older one will try to convince me to bring them to school by bicycle. I'm sure I'll give in, but 7 somewhat hilly miles is a long way at 8 year old speed. I suppose if we left super early it could work. And hey, on the way there most of the dirt portions are downhill, so that's a plus.

    Ok fine that does sound kinda awesome.
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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2019
     
    you're gonna be fiiiiitThat may be my favorite DQ of all time - nerdo
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    HAPPY FIRST DAY OF STREET CLEANING WOOOOOOODFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    First day of the Washington St. train overpass closure. Traffic was a shitshow of course, also they are digging up the street that's supposed to be part of the bike detour.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    Just took MiniFries to a birthday party that involved laser tag, and I actually got to play in the second round. It was super fun, and I am pretty competitive in general, so long story short I got really into it and won by a substantial margin (there was 1 other adult playing, and like 15 seven-ish year old kids). Like, I nearly doubled the score of the 2nd place kid. I felt slightly jerky when I had to go up and collect my 1st-place scorecard in front of everyone.

    But I also come from a long family tradition of not letting kids win. My Great-Grandmother was *vicious* at Parcheesi.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2019
     
    lmao, you didn't yell "git gud" at all the kids when you went up?

    We just got back from a local bike swap and there was a fairly young kid (idk maybe 12? probably around 4'10", I don't know shit about kids) who wanted to buy a bag nat was selling for $10, and kid was like "I think I have $8, or wait maybe 7" and nat said okay but no less than 7, and kid counts out $6.98 and starts to put it away because it's less than 7 and nat was like lol no that's fine."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries