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    Here's a dumb question.

    I have to send the powertap to Rob. I assume I use some wire cutters and start cutting spokes. Is that right? Is there enough tension where there's a danger if my kid does it? That would be fun for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    @LAJ beat me to it. SS is single speed, FG is fixed gear. So I get to coast.

    The May ride is 660 miles over 7 days. Four states, and one night spent with my boy in college, and one night with my folks. Plan is first week in May.
    Lol, my new bike has electronic shifting and they guy in the LBS said it only needed to be charged "after a couple of months," so I've not been super diligent about checking the charge after every ride. I guess either I ride more than other people- 740 miles since I got the bike a month ago, is that a lot? - or the guy didn't know what he was talking about. Anyway two rides (a mere 95 mi) that I don't check the charge and yep, I lose my shifting in the middle of a ride. Fortunately stuck in a middle gear at the tippy top of that hill I just climbed up, I got to ride 30 miles home as a fixed gear. During which I was thinking, why do people do this? I'm serious when I ask this, what is the logic of that type of gearing? In my scenario, it was neither good nor bad. But I still don't understand it.

    May trip sounds fun. I'd like to do some sort of touring trip someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    @Heathpack, et al, here is a link to the beginning of the 180 days of poems. Which is not to say there are not also short stories and other nonsense plunked in. But, wait a minute. On the days I posted a short story I didn't also post a poem so... Now I've confused myself. In any case, that's a good place to start since that's where the blog begins. As with all poetry, mine comes with the caveat that it's not all rainbows and sunshine.
    Thank you @Ramona_W! I have a hair appt today and now I will have something better to read than People Magazine. Which always leaves me a little perplexed wondering "who are these people?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Thank you @Ramona_W! I have a hair appt today and now I will have something better to read than People Magazine. Which always leaves me a little perplexed wondering "who are these people?"

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    Ha, you should put that right on the landing page for your site: Mouthfeel. "Better than People Magazine"



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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
    Thanks, finally a concise difference between the two that my feeble brain can grasp, and possibly retain.
    Wait, did I miss something? Where's the explaination of the difference?

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    Alchemy was supposed to reopen in January after the move from CO to New Mexico. They didn't and apparently aren't returning emails. Good reason to go with Chris King. CK R45 front.

    I was tempted to get a crazy color.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
    Alchemy was supposed to reopen in January after the move from CO to New Mexico. They didn't and apparently aren't returning emails. Good reason to go with Chris King. CK R45 front.

    I was tempted to get a crazy color.

    Mango or die. And, definitely, go Chris King and support our local bike economy.
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    @Heathpack, if you couldn't shift, you were single speed (SS) because the rear wheel would still coast if you stopped pedaling. FG won't coast, there is no freewheel. So if the wheel turns, your feet have to turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
    Alchemy was supposed to reopen in January after the move from CO to New Mexico. They didn't and apparently aren't returning emails. Good reason to go with Chris King. CK R45 front.

    I was tempted to get a crazy color.

    I think you are supposed to get the color that matches your tires and brake pads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    Mango or die. And, definitely, go Chris King and support our local bike economy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Australian Book of Atheism
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    Quote Originally Posted by datlas View Post
    I think you are supposed to get the color that matches your tires and brake pads.

    No no no. Hubs match nipples and cable ends only
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
    Alchemy was supposed to reopen in January after the move from CO to New Mexico. They didn't and apparently aren't returning emails. Good reason to go with Chris King. CK R45 front.

    I was tempted to get a crazy color.

    No eggplant option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
    Here's a dumb question.

    I have to send the powertap to Rob. I assume I use some wire cutters and start cutting spokes. Is that right? Is there enough tension where there's a danger if my kid does it? That would be fun for him.
    Cut about 4 in a row to show him how, then let him have at it. Drive side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
    Cut about 4 in a row to show him how, then let him have at it. Drive side.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
    No eggplant option?
    Lennard Zinn's favorite color.

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    And don't be surprised if he later takes the diagonal cutters to a wheel you actually care about.

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    This is my last big build week training for my climbing century infour weeks. Was supposed to do a big climb today but that plan went kaput with a high wind advisory. Instead, a few of us did a little climb that we thought was in a sheltered location, I was planning two repeats of that climb but the crosswinds on parts of the descent were so gnarly that we all decided the safest thing was to go home. For me, it was a 57 mi ride/4000 ft total climbing. On the way home, I was aware that I'd be a few miles under 200 for the week. I told myself not to even think about that, 200 miles this week is not a training goal. Of course I got home, ate lunch, thought about it some more. Then went out and rode another 10 miles, lol.

    So this week: 204 miles, 11,600 feet climbing
    Last week: 200 miles, 11,100 feet climbing

    These are very big numbers for me, I've been riding for just over a year. I really wanted 80 miles today with 5000 ft climbing, as these numbers would be semi-close to those in my event. I still have one week that I can try for those goals, but it would have been my preference training-wise to get it done today. I am semi-satisfied with the fact that I rode three days in a row, 170ish miles with ~10,000 ft climbing. Today I was tired but I did manage to break multiple PRs on the climb that I had just set yesterday (same climb). Hopefully that is proof of concept that I can still climb ok with tired legs, which I will need to do in my century ride.

    As of now, I am on a training break. Just two trainer rides this week, yoga and a swim. Then we are off sailing/hiking next weekend, weather permitting.



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    For front hubs, I am strangely attracted to the American Classics micro 58. It is so minimalist that it just sits there looking sexy. And AC makes a rear SS hub that would go great with it. My bike porn fantasy wheel set is those two hubs, radial cxrays on the front, 2x Revolutions on the back, and Pacenti SL23 rims.

    But I need another set of SS wheels like a shark needs a snowblower.

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    Guys: If you're wearing jeans that are tight enough for us to count the change in your pocket, doesn't it hurt? (They won't stay up when you turn around and bend and then ewww.) And stop using your sunglasses as a headband; You look ******y and nobody thinks Bruce Jenner is hot any more... if they ever did.

    Sorry. Just had to get that off my chest because I'm looking at a prime example across from me at Starbucks.
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    More guest gig appearances coming up this Friday and Saturday (at friends' gigs). Still banging my head against the gig booking wall, but I'll get traction soon enough.

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    Strong work, Heathpack. That rest thing, or training break? It's important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Lol, my new bike has electronic shifting and they guy in the LBS said it only needed to be charged "after a couple of months," so I've not been super diligent about checking the charge after every ride. I guess either I ride more than other people- 740 miles since I got the bike a month ago, is that a lot? - or the guy didn't know what he was talking about. Anyway two rides (a mere 95 mi) that I don't check the charge and yep, I lose my shifting in the middle of a ride. Fortunately stuck in a middle gear at the tippy top of that hill I just climbed up, I got to ride 30 miles home as a fixed gear. During which I was thinking, why do people do this? I'm serious when I ask this, what is the logic of that type of gearing? In my scenario, it was neither good nor bad. But I still don't understand it.

    May trip sounds fun. I'd like to do some sort of touring trip someday.

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    I charge my ultegra di2 every 1000 miles because I had a similar issue. It died in the middle of a ride around 1500 miles. When I bought the bike, the guy at the bike shop said I wouldn't have to charge it for a year. Apparently, he wasn't aware how much/often I ride.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
    For front hubs, I am strangely attracted to the American Classics micro 58. It is so minimalist that it just sits there looking sexy. And AC makes a rear SS hub that would go great with it. My bike porn fantasy wheel set is those two hubs, radial cxrays on the front, 2x Revolutions on the back, and Pacenti SL23 rims.

    But I need another set of SS wheels like a shark needs a snowblower.
    That's my next build. Geared with CX-Rays in the back though. I think I like 2 cross up front, but I'm still undecided.
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