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    "when the rain comes, they run and hide their heads …they might as well be dead…when the rain comes"

    Yup. That's me.

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    Sounds a lot like last year's ride, but a bit warmer.
    Daily Weather Forecast for Cape Cod Natl Seashore - weather.com

    What I see is "70 % chance of no rain"

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    that's the attitude! I think we'll luck out. at least it's not calling for 20 mph winds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post

    I would really like to be sure that the cutouts are sized to fit GS and Sugino rings before I go ahead with a small production run of 30 or so rings. Does anybody have a 144 Sugino or Campagnolo Gran Sport arm they could bring to the meet-up on the Cape?
    I have a 144 Sugino GS I can bring. I can also pack a Campy NR.

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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    Jon,

    This is a great start and it has been my privilege to participate in a small way to this project. The prototype looks as if it will get the job done nicely.

    Also, I need to give credit to our old C&V friend @cudak888 for the Campy cranks I sent to Jon. Kurt gave them to me when I was last in Miami. Since I had never put them to use and Jon needed a set for this very important project, I guessed Kurt would not mind me passing them along. Thanks @cudak888 for your generosity and we miss you here on C&V.

    Do you think just widening and enlarging the cutouts for the crank arm ledges might accommodate the other varieties of 144bcd cranks?

    I'm sorry I'm going to miss this ride. I guess we will need an excuse to meet-up again and do our own duo-ride. At some point I'll need to head to Barnet, VT on church related business which will not take much time. Maybe at that point we can connect.
    Hi Bob,
    That's right, I forgot that you'd gotten those cranks from Kurt--I owe him, too.

    Yes, I'm sure you're right, strategically enlarging the "ledge arc" cutouts should do the trick, but I'm not sure how much, if at all, they would need to be enlarged. As it is, there's a little bit of slack around the ledges--maybe 1.5 mm on the convex side and .75 mm on the concave side. That could well be enough to let them fit on Sugino/Campy GS cranks. There's no way I'll be able to try the prototype on every Campy-clone 144 crank out there, but I'd feel better trying it out on a reasonable cross-section of different cranks.

    Definitely let me know when you'll be in Barnet and we can get together for a ride. Maybe we can ride up past Ticklenaked Pond. Isn't that the greatest place name ever? People always think you're making it up. Evidently the origins are obscure--my guess is that it's a corruption of some Scottish dialect term or other that happened to sound like "ticklenaked."

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    I have a 144 Sugino GS I can bring. I can also pack a Campy NR.

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    Thanks, Top, that would be great. I'm guessing it will fit, but it would be nice to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
    JV, I have a Sugino Aero Mighty, would that help?

    VeloBase.com - Component: Sugino Aero Mighty

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    Scott, if it's no trouble and you can bring it along, that would be great. It will just take a few seconds to see if the prototype ring will drop on around the ledges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
    Scott, if it's no trouble and you can bring it along, that would be great. It will just take a few seconds to see if the prototype ring will drop on around the ledges.
    JV
    No trouble at all!

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    Just got back from a quick recon down the OCRT to the CCRT. The stretch I rode (rotary to Nickerson to Dennis and back to the rotary) was clear of debris, branches, and leaves, and the roots, rocks, and potholes were all marked with paint. Low 60s today, with bright sun and light winds.

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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    Just got back from a quick recon down the OCRT to the CCRT. The stretch I rode (rotary to Nickerson to Dennis and back to the rotary) was clear of debris, branches, and leaves, and the roots, rocks, and potholes were all marked with paint. Low 60s today, with bright sun and light winds.

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    We should be so lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
    We should be so lucky!

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    Well, if you go back to page 1 you'll see that I suggested we ride TODAY.
    Just sayn'.

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    You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top506 View Post
    Well, if you go back to page 1 you'll see that I suggested we ride TODAY.
    Just sayn'.
    Who knew? (Apparently you did.)

    Today was so nice I did a training run in preparation for next weekend. Took the Masi out for 87 miles, home in Waltham to Pepperell and back. Did someone mention headwinds? Tailwinds coming home though!
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    Jim, heck of a ride. Nice!

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    Dang it was nice. I spent the whole day building raised beds for the garden. More today. That doesn't help me legs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    Dang it was nice. I spent the whole day building raised beds for the garden. More today. That doesn't help me legs!
    Fear not. Yesterday was my first ride over pavement since November and my back is a little crunchy this morning.
    I suspect that Jim is going to drop the lot of us in the parking lot.
    Did get my saddle position dialed in on the new ride, though.

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    I want to once again thank all my C&V buddies for your good thoughts directed my way the past couple of days. My father in law passed away late last night. It was very peaceful and my wife arrived a few hours beforehand.

    Chet was part of the greatest generation. Born in a small town of very humble roots in Ohio near the mighty river of the same name. He served our country in the Army from WWII to Viet Nam before he retired in '69. He went on to work for the State of Georgia for another 12 years before retiring again in '82 and living an active life until about 2 years ago, when he finally slowed down and only planted a dozen tomato plants.

    You all would have liked him. He had a great sense of humor, deep faith, and loved to bartend. He served me my first drink, a gin gimlet, after I became engaged to my wife. I'll drink one to his memory later this week.

    He always had a great joke to tell, generous beyond description, and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a great inspiration in my life, especially as a young adult.

    Thanks for letting me share with my "bike buddies online" as he called you. I'll miss you on the ride, but will be with you in spirit.

    P.S., I want pictures of a skinny @ScottRyder! Since I'll not be present to compare notes, I need to report I'm down 60lbs since we met to ride last October. It certainly makes getting up hills a great deal easier!
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    Bob, sorry to read of your FIL's passing. Thoughts to you and Mrs. PB.
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    He sounds like a great guy indeed, Bob. My condolences to you and your wife.

    And, congrats to you too. Down 60 pounds! That's a real accomplishment.

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    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your FIL Bob.

    And I will echo rootboy's congrats on your weight reduction. Hope you guys have a great ride, whenever you do it.

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    My sympathy to you and your wife, Bob. I'll miss you on the ride.
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    Sorry Bob, sounds like a fine Man and Father.

    The death of a loved one is like a rock, fresh-cleaved from one larger. At first it is sharp, angular, and at best unpleasant, if not painful, to hold.

    Over time, however, the sharp edges begin to abrade, and eventually the stone becomes so gently rounded we pick it up, gaze upon it, hold and roll it in our hands, and derive comfort and pleasure from it.

    Peace.

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    Bob, sorry to hear about your father in law. Sounds like he could have been the poster child for the "greatest" generation. I'll suggest we dedicate this Saturday's ride in his memory and the service he gave to his. country. Plus a gin gimlet will loosen up my back for the ride!

    I got out yesterday for my annual Easter ride. I did the Nashua Rail trail with my sister and brother-in-law. Jim, we ran thru Pepperell as well. Pretty little town, I'm convinced I want to buy that old movie theater (now a dry cleaners) and turn it into a bike shop and rental. 26 miles on the trail, maybe I'm in better shape than I thought, no complaints this a.m. We went back to my sister's house for a BBQ and a beer ...

    I was kicked out of my doctor mandated weight loss program, evidently the insurance company thought I had lost enough weight and didn't want me to continue. I've seem to leveled off at a 25 pound loss .. but the increased activity will help get me down to my sub 200 goal. Two photos to share:





    Last year I took today off and did the bike ride around Boston ending up at the Marathon finish line. Today, I'm working.

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    Nice report Scott. Glad you got out. Gorgeous weather, eh?
    No such luck here. Locked in to garden prep, building raised beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    Nice report Scott. Glad you got out. Gorgeous weather, eh?
    No such luck here. Locked in to garden prep, building raised beds.
    I worked in the yard on Saturday, rescuing stonewalls from an onslaught of ivy that's been covering them up. Sunday was my reward!

    I'm still seeing a 30% chance of rain, cloudy, mid 50's. Anybody else see anything different?

    Scott

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    I'm seeing the same, Scott.

    Is it worth doing a final roll call?

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