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Old 01-02-17, 12:50 PM   #101
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I haven't been able to drive my Corvette for days. Too cold, too much salt on the roads. It's driving me crazy.
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Rode down to the store for a breakfast of hot dogs and donuts earlier.

Think I'll get dressed for a longer ride. Deciding between gravel roads or jeep tracks.

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I repack/replace my own BBs. These days most bikes' bottom brackets usually just get replaced and it often only takes a couple of tools (Crank remover and BB cup remover).

That's a pretty short service span! Did it get submerged?

Sometimes not-so-parallel BB shell faces can wreck BB bearings fast, so you might check that also.
I donk't think submerged, but I ride through creeks a lot. But not deep enough where the BB goes under water. But the bike gets wet/muddy a good bit.
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Rode down to the store for a breakfast of hot dogs and donuts earlier.

Think I'll get dressed for a longer ride. Deciding between gravel roads or jeep tracks.

Cowboy hardcore.
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Socks. Socks are always the answer.
Speaking of which, I'm riding a stretch of road/MUP and I see this middle aged couple walking barefoot.

It would be kind of odd seeing that there anytime of year, but especially in January.
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Another oddity: I'm on a divided four-lane road and approaching a stop light coming the other way I see a Toyota pickup truck with a pirate flag posted to the rear bumper.

I cruise through it and about 0.2 miles later said pirate truck passes me. When he gets to the next divide in the median he slows down and makes another U-turn.

wut

I worried that he might be seizing innocent cyclists for ransom, but fortunately I was able to speed away, unharmed.
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164 now I am, 6 foot. Celebrated the end of 2016 with a tattoo, my first, and last, which my daughter wanted me to get with her, an elephant head in a tribal style, I love elephants. My daughter, as I was getting this on my shoulder, was whimpering and crying out, Jeez dad, doesn't it hurt? Think of something else I said, not so bad. Then she proudly said, " holy ****, you're 63 and ridiculously cut. She is by far my favorite daughter. JK, luv em all.
Thinking about a nonsensical 'egg nog' carton tattoo. Festive.
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This board needs a Like button.

And a Facepalm button.
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How many of y'all do your own BBs? Should I start to tool up to do these myself (assuming it's needed often), or just go to the LBS?
I can only speak for press-fit, but I do it myself. Really it's just a 10mm hex and a set of special pliers for the retaining rings, if you're feelin' fancy.
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What book?
Drive On! A social history of the motor car by L.J.K. Setright. well you did ask.
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Sounds nice.
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Second official act of 2017: bike ride.

Dat Garmin doe..
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I was in bed before 9:30
2am. Patron and The Style Boyz to bring in the New Year.

Gentleman whose house we were at had an Audi S4 in the garage with the entire front end apart. I didn't inquire too much about it, but major kudos if he was taking that thing down and doing all his own work (which is what it damn well looked like).

Note: This is a complete mockery - how did we end up dancing to it, beyond my comprehension.


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You hate that thing don't you
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I did. The possibility of new reading material is always appreciated.
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Rode down to the store for a breakfast of hot dogs and donuts earlier.

Think I'll get dressed for a longer ride. Deciding between gravel roads or jeep tracks.

Why not both?

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Speaking of which, I'm riding a stretch of road/MUP and I see this middle aged couple walking barefoot.

It would be kind of odd seeing that there anytime of year, but especially in January.
Was it balaclava weather?
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Not really. Currently 13°.
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I enjoy having all the tools necessary at hand in my own garage, and I buy on an as needed basis. But, it's a long drive to my LBS and my bike's a complete Frankenstein and a pain for anyone else to work on.

Aren't you females?
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As much as I like making fun of Corvette drivers, I have to say that that is a beautiful machine.
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Think I'll get dressed for a longer ride. Deciding between gravel roads or jeep tracks.

Hard man.
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