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Old 05-19-17, 02:31 PM   #9626
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Telling you I feel like I'm driving a monster truck with the plus size 27.5's. It's not the most nimble creature out there... but it'll roll over everything. Definitely the end of world bike tire size.
I'm loving the 29x2.6, but now I have a nasty rock chip on the seatstay (that will be replaced under warranty soon anyways). So I'm having my doubts... but feel, speed, etc... OMG they good.

I guess if it comes to that I could put a 2.4" on the rear, but I really don't want to. I'd probably shave the knobs on the 2.6 first.
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Once upon a time I did 23 miles with the A group of the same club @topslop1 was riding with. 3 times, actually. These were all on long rides (70+ miles), so they were not going fast like they do on the weeknight rides. That's the key. Wait until they're going slow, then POUNCE!

Actually, all three of those times were terrible mistakes on my part, and were a prelude to terrible second halves of rides for me.
When you know that within a minute and thirty into the ride that you've made a horrible mistake... I was like, yup, nope, over reached with this one. Luckily there were a few others that wanted to ride a touch slower. I've gotta bring up a legitimate facebook acct and start uploading some rides. Less drinking - more riding - I'm moving in the right direction (this week anyhow).

I'm waiting until the fall for road bike deals from Mike right?
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Ruling out gout, which I suspected based on previous experience.
I try to refrain from calling out bad medical management, but there really is no role in checking uric acid for suspected acute gout. Trust me on this one.

Here is a citation, in case you want evidence: Uric Acid Levels During Acute Gout Attacks - NEJM Journal Watch
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I try to refrain from calling out bad medical management, but there really is no role in checking uric acid for suspected acute gout. Trust me on this one.

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Well crap.
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When you know that within a minute and thirty into the ride that you've made a horrible mistake... I was like, yup, nope, over reached with this one. Luckily there were a few others that wanted to ride a touch slower. I've gotta bring up a legitimate facebook acct and start uploading some rides. Less drinking - more riding - I'm moving in the right direction (this week anyhow).

I'm waiting until the fall for road bike deals from Mike right?
Yeah, when they start announcing the 2018 models is a good time to strike.
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Are you saying you have never seen a bumper sticker, t-shirt, etc., with the "Ithaca is Gorges" slogan on it? When I was younger, someone on my block had the bumper sticker on their car. I always thought it was the stupidest slogan in the world. Then in 2006 I did the Bon Ton Roulet, which is a week long supported tour in the Finger Lakes region. On the penultimate day we rode through Ithaca, right past the a store filled with "Ithaca is Gorges" souvenirs. I nearly blew a bolt.


Yep, that's what I'm telling you. Don't get s lot of news about Ithaca down in Houston. And we only spend a couple of days around there when we taste wine. It's all about the wine.
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The session was very positive. I was pretty well read up in advance, but still, of course, I learned some new stuff. Last week I was leaning toward radiation, then after the readings I was leaning toward surgery, now I'm leaning toward radiation again. But I'll give my surgeon his chance to sway me more, you never know. I'll keep you posted . . . not 50+ style, but when it's significant.
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I try to refrain from calling out bad medical management, but there really is no role in checking uric acid for suspected acute gout. Trust me on this one.

Here is a citation, in case you want evidence: Uric Acid Levels During Acute Gout Attacks - NEJM Journal Watch
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Are you saying you have never seen a bumper sticker, t-shirt, etc., with the "Ithaca is Gorges" slogan on it? When I was younger, someone on my block had the bumper sticker on their car. I always thought it was the stupidest slogan in the world. Then in 2006 I did the Bon Ton Roulet, which is a week long supported tour in the Finger Lakes region. On the penultimate day we rode through Ithaca, right past the a store filled with "Ithaca is Gorges" souvenirs. I nearly blew a bolt.


I saw those quite a bit even down in NYC.
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Back then, things were a Ball of Confusion, though many were on Cloud Nine. Of course, Psychedelic Shack was the destination of choice.
We played Psychedelic Shack until the grooves were worn off. Then we got another one and resumed.

The same with Sly and the Family Stone. To this day I'll still play those beats 3 or 4 times a year.

They're why I'm hard of hearing now.
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We played Psychedelic Shack until the grooves were worn off. Then we got another one and resumed.

The same with Sly and the Family Stone. To this day I'll still play those beats 3 or 4 times a year.

They're why I'm hard of hearing now.
Absolutely correct on all counts. Good stuff all around.
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I know, right? You gotta take them with a couple grains of salt. But there's also online advice from reputable sources. Then we always got @datlas, too.
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Absolutely correct on all counts. Good stuff all around.
It was a great time to be alive, and aware, and participatory in the historic movements. The music just went hand in hand with it.
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How do you diagnose it?
Definitive diagnosis involves looking at joint fluid under a microscope for uric acid crystals. But you can be pretty sure it's gout most of the time by talking to the patient and doing a good exam. If it's red, hot, and very tender at the joint where big toe meets the foot (the first MTP joint), it's very likely gout.
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Definitive diagnosis involves looking at joint fluid under a microscope for uric acid crystals. But you can be pretty sure it's gout most of the time by talking to the patient and doing a good exam. If it's red, hot, and very tender at the joint where big toe meets the foot (the first MTP joint), it's very likely gout.
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You know, I think that I'm going to go ahead and blame Puck for the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania, too - his dysfunction really kicked up the popularity The Real World, which turned Reality TV in to a thing, which eventually spawned crap like The Apprentice. Thanks, Puck.
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We played Psychedelic Shack until the grooves were worn off. Then we got another one and resumed.
This photo from the college days comes to mind, entitled "Friday Night". This was EVERY Friday night.




Where I came from you had to be fly when you went out BITD, unlike today. And there was nothing fly-er than an alpaca sweater with mohair slacks, Texas heat be damned.



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The only Puck I know of is Wolfgang. I must be old.
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Where I came from you had to be fly when you went out BITD, unlike today. And there was nothing fly-er that an alpaca sweater with mohair slacks, Texas heat be damned.



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My dad sold a boatload of mohair clothes. That **** make a gorges suit.
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